Culturally Responsive Professional Peace Officer

Culturally Responsive Professional Peace Officer

Certificate

If you already have a bachelor’s or associate degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited college or university, you can earn the 28-credit Culturally Responsive Professional Peace Officer (CRPPO) certificate in preparation to enter the peace officer profession in Minnesota.

This certificate program is designed to prepare you for a career in the public and protective services as a culturally responsive professional peace officer. After earning this certificate and completing EMR Certification and Skills Training, you will be qualified to take the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Board licensing examination.

Guided by a mission, vision, and five (5) core values, this program promotes the connection of knowledge, skills, and abilities needed in the public and protective services field, including the career path of the professional peace officer.

Note: If you have been arrested, charged, or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge, or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid.

2022-2023 Required Courses

Professional Peace Officer Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
INTS 1150
Public Service in Diverse Communities
2

Course Outline
Credits: 2
MNTC Goal Areas: 09
Prepares students for meaningful careers in public service in an increasingly multicultural American society. This course will examine preconceptions, unconscious bias, and foster understanding of historically disadvantaged populations. Through assigned materials, class meetings, and completion of a comprehensive portfolio, students will critically examine their values, experiences, and behaviors to better understand and compassionately serve diverse communities. This course is recommended to be taken after completing one semester of coursework. It is also recommended to take concurrently with or after completing SOC 1127.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

SOC 1127
Social Inequalities: Race, Class, & Gender
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Describes and analyzes selected inequality relationships in the United States. Topic areas will include economic inequality-poverty; ethnic inequality-racism; and gender inequality-sexism. This course is open to all students and meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.3200, Subp. 3, Standard 12a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

CJS 1150
Introduction to Criminal Justice
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Describes the American system of criminal justice, including theories of crime and justice, criminal law, policing, courts, associated pre- and post-trial legal processes, corrections, juvenile justice, and special issues in criminal justice. This course will also explore criminal justice careers, changes to the system, and the future of criminal justice. This course promotes five (5) core values: Accountability, Compassion/Empathy, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness, and Interpersonal Communication. These core values serve as the foundation to prepare future public servant leaders.?

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

CJS 1152
Peace Officer and Community
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Studies the historical and contemporary roles of policing in society, strategies for positive peace officer-community relations and career-related issues for peace officers. This course promotes five (5) core values: Accountability, Compassion/Empathy, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness, and Interpersonal Communication. These core values serve as the foundation to prepare future public servant leaders.

Prerequisites:

  • CJS 1150 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

CJS 1154
Juvenile Justice
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Examines the historical foundations, current philosophies, procedures and characteristics of the juvenile justice system. This course explores theories of delinquency, evaluation methods to assess behaviors and develop strategies while working with juveniles, as well as, Minnesota statutes and community corrections systems that apply specifically to juveniles. This course promotes five (5) core values: Accountability, Compassion/Empathy, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness, and Interpersonal Communication. These core values serve as the foundation to prepare future public servant leaders.

Prerequisites:

  • CJS 1150 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Total Credits in Professional Peace Officer Curriculum 14

Professional Licensing Core (Semester 1)¹,²

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
CJS 2225
Theory and Practice of Criminal Investigations
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Examines the documentation, evidence handling procedures and preservation needed in crime scene investigations. This course also explores the legal, procedural and ethical considerations in interviewing and interrogations along with balancing the constitutional rights and protection of suspects, witnesses and victims. Investigative preparation, documentation and report writing will be explored. This course promotes five (5) core values: Accountability, Compassion/Empathy, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness, and Interpersonal Communication. These core values serve as the foundation to prepare future public servant leaders.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022

CJS 2230
Legal Issues and Procedures in Policing
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Explores the principles of criminal procedure and the rules established by the U.S. Supreme Court relating to suspect identification, search and seizure, arrest procedures, interrogation of suspects, and the legal processes applicable to policing. Students will study the legal concepts involved in the application of various amendments to policing as well as the Minnesota State Constitution, the U.S. Constitution and their procedural requirements. This course promotes five (5) core values: Accountability, Compassion/Empathy, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness, and Interpersonal Communication. These core values serve as the foundation to prepare future public servant leaders.??

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022

CJS 2231
Minnesota Criminal and Traffic Code
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Prepares professional peace officers with contemporary policing options and practices to identify, analyze and apply Minnesota criminal statutes and traffic code. This course promotes five (5) core values: Accountability, Compassion/Empathy, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness, and Interpersonal Communication. These core values serve as the foundation to prepare future public servant leaders

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022

CJS 2235
Professional Police Report Writing and Employment Preparation
2

Course Outline
Credits: 2
Prepares students in the construction of professional police reports using the Minnesota POST Board approved format. Professional police report writing includes peace officer terminology, effective grammar, sentence structure and syntax. This course also includes career preparation skills such as resume development, cover letter writing, background check preparation, and interviewing for the policing field. This course promotes five (5) core values: Accountability, Compassion/Empathy, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness, and Interpersonal Communication. These core values serve as the foundation to prepare future public servant leaders.??

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022

CJS 2240
Peace Officer and Human Behavior
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Integrates the academic knowledge, skills, and abilities of the basic patrol function of professional peace officers. These include, but are not limited to, vehicle stops, traffic enforcement, pedestrian checks, officer safety issues, and other duties as they relate to the basic patrol functions. This course promotes five (5) core values: Accountability, Compassion/Empathy, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness, and Interpersonal Communication. These core values serve as the foundation to prepare future public servant leaders.??

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022

Total Credits in Professional Licensing Core (Semester 1)¹,² 14
Total Credits: 28

1 Students must apply for the Professional Licensing Core. Refer to the Holistic Admissions Processes below.
 
2After completion of the Professional Licensing Core (Semester 1), students must complete the second semester (Skills) at a MN POST Board approved Skills provider, prior to qualification for the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Board licensing examination. A minimum grade of C must be earned in all required certificate coursework.

Note: Individuals must receive EMR certification through the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board prior to qualification for the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Board licensing examination. EMS 1100 Emergency Medical Responder is offered at Inver Hills.
 
Holistic Admissions Processes: Students must apply for the Inver Hills Peace Officer Professional Licensing Core, 26 credits. A formal application and acceptance are required prior to enrollment in the Professional Licensing Core. After completion of the first semester of the Professional Licensing Core, students must complete an additional formal application for acceptance into a MN P.O.S.T. Board approved Skills Training provider. Students pursuing this degree must meet minimum selection standards under Minnesota Rule 6700.0700, Subpart 1., F. before they will be admitted into the Inver Hills Peace Officer Professional Licensing Core. According to Minnesota Rule, no student may be admitted to the PPOE who has been convicted of any of the crimes listed in MN Rules 6700.0700, Subp. 1., F.