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Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement

Program Requirements: 

Enjoy a career where no two days are ever alike and you have the ability to help people in your community. Gateway Technical College’s Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement associate degree program will prepare you for a constantly challenging career as a law enforcement professional. Gateway students are exposed to rigorous academic studies which prepare them for employment as a law enforcement officer, probation officer, corrections officer, security professional and other related employment opportunities. Criminal Justice degree students will take courses in criminal law, traffic theory, juvenile law, interrogations and confessions, community policing strategies, rules of evidence and criminal investigation theory. Students will also learn arrest, search and seizure tactics as well as legal requirements. Program students benefit from the on-going training Gateway provides to law enforcement officers in Southeast Wisconsin as instructors have the opportunity to network with industry professionals to obtain information on upcoming job openings, training opportunities and current trends in law enforcement. Instructors incorporate this knowledge into their courses so students have further insight into the field.

What does a law enforcement professional do?

Law enforcement professionals can find careers as police officers, probation officers, corrections officers, customs officers and security professionals. Police officers investigate any suspicious activity they notice and then pursue and arrest those who are found breaking the law. They also respond to service calls, issue traffic tickets and warnings, investigate local issues including domestic disputes, and give first aid to those involved in an accident.

Learning by doing

Gateway has its own Sim-City which is a facility constructed within the college that resembles a small city including real life buildings. In this simulation training students learn crime scene investigation, legal considerations and fire arm tactics. Students also participate in use-of-force scenario training to prepare them for on the job situations. All scenario training is videotaped to help students study and make needed corrections.


During simulation training, students also use a MILO system which is a simulated firearms range where students can practice. The video system is capable of broadcasting numerous scenarios that police officers may run into on a daily basis.


Students are encouraged to join the Criminal Justice club. Students gain real-life experience in working with law enforcement agencies as well as touring facilities and volunteering at events including Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and other local events.


Gateway also offers a Police Science internship program in which students work for a semester with a certified police department and participate in their daily law enforcement activities.


Study abroad opportunities are also available for students. International education opportunities include learning about comparative criminal justice systems and laws. Students work with officers from different countries and examine their crime patterns and means of effectively patrolling and preventing those crimes. This experience gives students the opportunity to enhance their resume and network with industry professionals.

Job and salary outlook

Employment of police and sheriff’s patrol officers is expected to grow by seven percent through 2020. A growing demand for public safety will increase the employment of law enforcement professionals. The median annual salary of police and sheriff’s patrol officers was $56,810 in 2014.


Additional Requirements

Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement Academy (30-504-1)


Steven Spingola

William Blandford

Raul Terriquez

Michelle Barnes


Program Administration

Terry Simmons, Dean