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

Officer Randy Moyer

Randy Moyer

Randy Moyer graduated from Laconia High School in New Hampshire. After serving in the US Army for seven years he enrolled at the Police Academy at College of the Mainland in Texas City, Texas. Randy got his first job in Law Enforcement working as a licensed Peace Officer at the Galveston County Sheriffs’ Department where he worked as a jailer/deputy. Randy then went on to Port Arthur Texas where he worked as a Police Officer for the next 13 years. He moved to Bemidji Minnesota in 2007 and has been a Police Officer in Bemidji since 2008. Officer Moyer is currently a certified Firearms Instructor, Bike Patrol Officer, Certified Alice Instructor, member of N.A.S.R.O. and he has been a Field Training Officer in the past. Officer Moyer has continued his professional training at numerous schools including Crime Scene Search, Community Policing and School Resource Officer Training. He has been assigned to Field Operations, Integrated Community Oriented Policing and his current assignment, School Resource Officer at Bemidji High School. Officer Moyer says that his most fulfilling assignment in his career is his current assignment as the SRO for the High School. He loves the interaction with students and staff.

Business & Industry Experiences/Partners

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