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)


Richard Miller
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Rich has over 31 years of Law Enforcement experience as an officer on the Sioux Falls Police Department and has worked in all sections of the department. He worked on the streets in patrol for 19 years as an officer, Sgt., and Lt. As a Captain, he has commanded the Detective Division, Community Services Division and Uniformed Services Division. He has 24 years of experience as the SWAT team commander and later as the primary Incident Commander for SWAT call outs and has overseen approximately 350 critical incidents in and out of Sioux Falls. He was last responsible for and oversaw the Traffic Section, School Resource officers, Community Resource officers, Animal Control and all of the specialty units such as SWAT, K9, Crisis Negotiation Unit and Bomb Squad.  

He received an Associate’s Degree of Applied Police Science Technology from Western Iowa Technical Community College and as such he is aware of the benefits of such a program and how it can create a great foundation for a career in law enforcement. 
He has always been passionate about the training of citizens and officers. He has taught officers at the State Academy, at the Sioux Falls Police Department and numerous civilian classes. He believes that It is vital that those choosing a career in law enforcement today are prepared and trained for an ever more challenging and changing work environment and that programs such as the Law Enforcement program at Southeast Tech can make a real difference in the success of new officers and can help to mold the future of policing in the U.S.   

Education: AAS, Police Science Technology from Western Iowa Technical Community College; BS? Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command





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