Law Enforcement Science

Law Enforcement Science

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Your career opportunities include working for police departments, sheriff’s offices, highway patrol, corrections and private security firms. The region’s leading employers are seeking out our graduates!

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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 72 (AAS)

Has serving the public always been something you’ve been drawn to? Are you looking for a career that will allow you to protect and enrich your community? At Southeast Tech, get to where you want to be in just two years with a Law Enforcement Science degree. As a law enforcement professional, you’ll work to maintain law and order by enforcing local law, responding to suspicious or criminal activity and requests for assistance. You’ll learn an overview of the law enforcement system, physical fitness, accident investigation, constitutional law, criminal law, report writing, traffic enforcement, juvenile justice, national incident management system, ethics and leadership, firearms training, emergency vehicle operations and use of force and PPCT. Students are expected to conduct themselves professionally, on and off campus.

The South Dakota Law Enforcement Standards and Training Commission has granted Southeast Tech’s Law Enforcement Science graduates the opportunity to receive law-enforcement certification through a reciprocity examination. Students who become certified greatly increase his or her employment opportunities.

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This degree is a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program, meaning you can purchase a laptop on your own or from the Southeast Tech Support Center.

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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 72 (AAS)


Jeff Talbot
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When Jeff was concluding his 28-year career with the South Dakota Highway Patrol, he was hoping to find a new path that would allow him to remain connected to law enforcement as well as contribute to the future. Southeast Tech’s Law Enforcement Program was a perfect fit. Nine years later he still enjoys the chance to help people find a path in the career of public safety. Before entering the Highway Patrol, Jeff majored in Criminal Justice and Political Science at USD and is a graduate of the Highway Patrol’s Recruit Academy. During his career with the Highway Patrol Jeff’s assignments included patrol work, SWAT, field training officer, academy instructor in officer safety, firearms and self-defense. After promotions his assignments included commanding SWAT, and supervised auto theft, canines, aviation, executive protection, and the Highway Patrol’s academy. His last promotion to the rank of captain placed him in command of the district headquarters in Sioux Falls. He has held numerous certifications in several law enforcement related fields. In his career, Jeff received a Governor’s Award for impaired driver enforcement. He was a long-time member of the Highway Patrol’s pistol team. He still competes in police pistol competitions all over the country and has been awarded distinguished shooter awards in both the United States and Canada. Jeff often says, “Law enforcement isn’t a job, it isn’t a career it’s a way of life, in which you put the needs of others before your own. That’s not easy, but it’s rewarding.”

Education: Certified Law Enforcement Officer; Certified Law Enforcement Officer – South Dakota Highway Patrol (retired)





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