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Peace Officer/Public Safety Transfer Pathway

Elevate Your Career in Public Safety at Riverland Community College

Transfer Pathway

Why Choose Riverland's Peace Officer/Public Safety Transfer Pathway Program?

Riverland Community College's Peace Officer/Public Safety Transfer Pathway AS offers a streamlined route for students aiming to enter law enforcement and public safety careers. This program ensures you graduate with the skills and qualifications to transfer directly into bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities with junior-year status.

Program Benefits:

  • Seamless Transfer: Complete your AS degree at Riverland and transfer smoothly to a four-year program, continuing your education with advanced standing.
  • Industry-Relevant Curriculum: Courses are designed to cover essential knowledge and practical skills in areas such as criminal investigations, criminal procedure, and peace officer ethics.
  • Expert Faculty: Learn from experienced professionals like Rich Watkins and Al Shuda, who bring decades of law enforcement experience into the classroom, providing invaluable insights and real-world perspectives.

What Will I Study?

You’ll engage in a curriculum that includes:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Human Behavior/Stress Management/Ethics for Criminal Justice
  • Physical Training and Wellness for Peace Officer
  • Peace Officer Report Writing
  • Minnesota State Statutes

Faculty Highlights:

  • Rich Watkins: With 29 years in law enforcement, Rich brings a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience, emphasizing the practical application of classroom learning to real-world scenarios.
  • Al Shuda: Al’s 27 years of experience in both policing and corrections enrich his teaching, providing students with a comprehensive view of the criminal justice field.

Scholarships Available:

Riverland offers several scholarships to help manage the costs of education, including specific awards for students in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety programs:

  • Riverland Law Enforcement Scholarship
  • Minnesota Justice Foundation Scholarship

For more details on these scholarships and application deadlines, please visit the Riverland Foundation Scholarships page.

Take the Next Step:

Are you ready to start your journey towards a rewarding career in public safety? Learn more about how Riverland Community College can set you on the path to success.

Please fill out our request for information form to connect with our admissions team. They are ready to help you explore your educational options and guide you through the enrollment process.

Begin your journey to becoming a peace officer with Riverland Community College today—where your future in public safety starts!

Last Updated: May 9, 2024

    Quick Facts
  • Associate of Science
  • 68 Credits | 4 Semesters
  • Location: Austin
  • Offering: Fall Semester

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