About this course
The Law Enforcement degree program introduces pre-service students to careers in law enforcement and equips students with both the skills and knowledge needed to pursue careers and/or additional education. Positions are available in federal, state, local, and private law enforcement agencies as well as in community-based victim, witness, diversion, and crime prevention programs.
The program is also intended to support the continued professional growth of in-service law enforcement practitioners through the enhancement of general skills and knowledge related to the law enforcement field. Therefore, credit may be granted for in-service practitioners who present proof of having completed advanced law enforcement-related training, educational programs and/or the Basic Police Academy of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council. Students seeking credit for experience should contact a criminal justice specialist in the Counseling Office.
Legislative mandates also govern admission requirements for employment in the law enforcement field. These mandates include, but are not limited to, completion of an Ohio Basic Police Training Academy prior to working as a police officer, and maintenance of both good moral character and a clean adult and juvenile criminal record.
Lakeland graduates may, through transfer agreements with local four-year colleges, choose to continue their formal education toward positions at the federal and state levels. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college should meet with a criminal justice specialist in the Counseling Office to facilitate the transfer process.