Are you looking for a quick path to a career in law enforcement? This 30-hour certificate program can be completed in three semesters and you will be prepared for entry into a frontline law enforcement job.
Students learn from faculty who have expertise in law enforcement at the local, federal, and international level.
A required internship with local agencies provides students the opportunity to learn from and observe real, day-to-day operations.
State Correctional Officer, Jail Officer, County Patrolman, City Police Officer, Corporate Security, School District Security, College Security
if Full Time
30 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
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Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
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Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
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The law enforcement certificate is a fast-track program to the criminal justice workforce. All instructors for the program have worked in the criminal justice field and their experience makes a difference.Doug Heuermann, Criminal Justice Program Coordinator and Retired Chief, U.S. Probation Office
How Do I Get Into the Law Enforcement Program?
You want to make your community a better place for your neighbors to live, work, and thrive. The Law Enforcement Certificate can set you on the path to a rewarding career in 12 months. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- Students must be 21 to enter the program.
- Previous ROTC or military experience is beneficial for this program.
What Can I Expect As A Law Enforcement Student?
- Be prepared to start a career in law enforcement in as little as 12 months.
- Get hands-on training at the Central Illinois Police Training Center housed on the ICC Peoria campus.
- There are many job opportunities in Peoria and throughout the State of Illinois, which is the 5th largest job market state for a career in law enforcement.
- Graduates are employed by the Peoria Police Department, the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, and the Pekin Police Department.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.