College of Technology

Law Enforcement

Program Description

Upon completion of the program, the student could have three certifications in Law Enforcement: patrol, detention, and reserve.

The five objectives of an officer while serving and protecting the public are: preserving the peace, protect life and property, prevent crime, arrest violators of the law, and enforce laws and ordinances of the city, state, or county.

Law Enforcement Officers may work for a city, county, state or federal agency. Their duties could be performed for police departments, railroads, department stores, airlines, or other agencies. Officers familiarize themselves with their assigned areas and with persons living in the area; note suspicious persons and establishments and report them to the superior officer; report hazards that endanger public safety; report to the scene of accidents, give first aid to the injured, and investigate the causes and results of the accident; direct and reroute traffic around a fire or other disturbance; inspect public establishments requiring licenses to ensure compliance with rules and regulations; warn or arrest persons violating animal ordinances; issue tickets to traffic violators; write and file daily activity reports with the superior officer; drive patrol car or police ambulance.

Approve Program thrugh the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training

A detention officers supervise and control inmate behavior during the operation of the detention center; communicate effectively and coherently with other staff or inmates; perform searches of people, vehicles, mail items; transport or escort inmates using handcuffs and other approved restraints; read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents; maintain weapons, equipment and uniforms in functional condition as prescribed for by departmental policy; collect, resolve and/ or direct to appropriate individual or division, inmate complaints, grievances or requests; prepare investigative and other reports or documentation, including sketches as necessary using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations including filing, alphabetizing and labeling; process and release inmates including taking photographs and legible sets of inked fingerprints or palm prints; observe and control visitors and inmates prior to, during and after visits.

Reserve officers usually have the same duties as a patrol officer, depending on the certification level. But in most of Idaho, the position is unpaid and is not benefited. They may also attend meetings with civic groups; participate in and conduct public awareness/education programs at schools; work with the schools on specialized drug awareness programs (DARE); volunteer for patrolling holidays, parades, and three day weekends.

The Law Enforcement Program is designed to prepare graduates to enter the law enforcement field. The Enforcement program has been duly approved by the Idaho Peace Officers Standards Training (POST) Council, thus eliminating the graduates' need to attend the basic police academy before taking the certification exam. Because the Law Enforcement Program is driven by POST standards for certification into the law enforcement field, applicants to the program must meet POST standards for admission. These admission standards include a background check into the applicant's criminal, and driving record. A polygraph exam will be given the first week of classes. The polygraph must be successfully passed in order to continue in the law enforcement program. Additional Requirements include the Physical Readiness Test.

Program Overview

  • Program accepts students in August and January
  • Typical classroom hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Program admits 50 students each year
  • Approved by the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Council
  • Summer Session - mandatory if entering in January and planning to complete Technical Certificate in October

Degree Options

  • Law Enforcement Technical Certificate (1 year)
  • Law Enforcement Associate of Applied Science (2 years)
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology (4+ years)

There are special application procedures associated with this program. Contact Student Services at (208) 282-2622.

Career Opportunities

  • Federal, state, county, and municipal levels of government
  • Corrections
  • Detention facilities
  • Private and contracted security companies
  • Probation and parole

Program Information Sheet (pdf)

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.

Gainful Employment

Program Information
Admissions Information: Click Here
CIP Code: 430107
Certificate: Technical Certificate - Law Enforcement

Cost of Attendance
Tuition and Fees: $6,395.00*
Books and Supplies: $265.00
Room and Board $2,862.00**
Total: $9,522.00**

Completion Time
Normal Program Length: 2 Sem.
2011-2012 Completers: 18
Number Completed in Normal Time: 14
Normal Completion Rate (from the time students enrolled at ISU): 39 %
Program Completion Rate (from the time students enrolled in program classes): 78 %

Employment Information
Jobs Related to These Programs
Occupations with each program area were identified using Department of Labor ONET Crosswalks.
Placement Rate: 88%***

Median Debt
Loan Amount:$2,372.00

NR On-time completion rates are not reported for programs with fewer than 10 completers in order to protect student privacy.

* Based on 2012-13 full-time, Idaho resident tuition and fee schedule.

** Based on 2012-13 double occupancy rates and 100 meal plus flex money plan.

*** Based on completer placement data from the 2011-2012 fiscal year submitted January 15, 2012 to the Idaho State Division of Professional-Technical Education (ISDPTE). Positive placement is defined by the ISDPTE as completers enrolled in the military, employed in a related training, employed in a field unrelated to training, or pursing additional education.