Law Enforcement

The Law Enforcement Academy is a hands-on program for students interested in a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system. The academy offers young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition and other activities. Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.

Job Outlook


Required Courses

  • Work Seminar
  • Real-World Experience (EXPLORING Program - City of Bemidji)

Choose at least five of the following:

  • Forensics Science
  • Criminal & Civil Law
  • Computer Applications
  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Psychology
  • Technical Writing
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Global Perspectives

Recommended Courses

  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Spanish I

Career Options

Police and Sherriff’s Officers Maintain Order by enforcing laws and ordinances. They perform a variety of duties, including directing traffic, investigating accidents, making arrests, or working in courts.

Typical Work Tasks

  • Interview people to obtain information about actions or status of individuals
  • Investigate accidents to determine causes
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities
  • Interview people to gather information about criminal activities
  • Determine operational procedures
  • Communicate situation details to appropriate personnel
  • Relay information about incidents or emergencies to personnel using phones of two-way radios
  • Maintain operational records

Job Skills

  • Listening skills
  • Effective communication
  • Customer & Personal Service
  • Problem-solving
  • Time management
  • Career and maintenance of equipment
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity

Postsecondary Programs

Business & Industry Experiences/Partners

“Students in the academy will participate in job shadowing, internships, and possible part – time employment with area businesses.”