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Law Enforcement

Prepare for a career in law enforcement with an associate of applied science degree at Chemeketa.

Potential Salary$60,000

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  • A Law Enforcement Officer practicing a traffic stop
  • A Law Enforcement student practicing firearm accuracy
  • Law Enforcement Students standing at attention

Why choose Law Enforcement?

Are you interested in becoming part of the law enforcement workforce? Chemeketa's nationally-recognized program and state-of-the-art training facility in Brooks can prepare you for careers in law enforcement and with federal agencies like the FBI and DEA.

What will you learn?

Chemeketa law enforcement program will prepare you to work as a police officer. You will take part in classroom and hands-on learning to prepare you for entry-level duties in law enforcement careers at municipal, county, state or federal agencies.

Individual agencies may require employees to earn a bachelor’s degree before entering or advancing in a particular field.

See Course Sequences for more information.

What will you do?

At Chemeketa, you will learn the basic skills necessary for entry-level law enforcement jobs and wide range of career paths, including –

  • Police officer
  • Customs enforcement
  • Border patrol enforcement
  • Port security
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • You can also develop the foundation for work as a parole and probation officer, or progress toward a career in homeland security.

Degrees & Certificates

In addition to the Law Enforcement Associate of Applied Science degree, Chemeketa offers a certificate of completion in Basic Law Enforcement.

Certificates of completion are educational stepping stones that allow you to work in your field while completing your degree.


    Upon entry into this program, you will be required to pass a criminal background check and pass a ten-panel drug screening urinalysis conducted by a college-approved vendor. If you do not pass the criminal background check and/or the drug screening, program registration will not be possible.

    For more information call the Law Enforcement Program Supervisor, Michael Withington at 503.589.7768.