Fall and Spring Starts Available

Entry into this program is highly competitive and there are a limited amount of positions available. The Pre-Application process is based on a case-by-case procedure. Program entry opportunities will be discussed with Law Enforcement Program personnel.  Apply today!

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The Law Enforcement program is designed to prepare the student for a career in law enforcement.  The program has been approved by the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council, thus eliminating the graduate's need to attend the basic police academy before taking the certification exam.  

Concentrations under the Law Enforcement program:

Patrol Officer:  Maintains order and protects life and property by enforcing local, tribal, State, or Federal laws and ordinances.  Performs a combination of the following duties:  patrols a specific area; directs traffic; issues traffic summonses; investigates accidents; apprehends and arrests suspects, or serves legal processes of courts.

Jail:  Provides security for inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures.  May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point.  Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.


The program is designed to prepare students for a career in law enforcement at many levels and will utilize highly experienced instructors throughout the process. Students will get a strong mix of classroom instruction, hands-on training, and practicum experience.

Why This Program

The Law Enforcement program includes numerous courses with emphasis in Criminal Justice topics, Law Enforcement topics, and several practicums. The full spring semester will be an on-campus patrol academy format and will give the successful student the opportunity to challenge the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training test without attending another academy. All classes will be taught by certified academy instructors. High emphasis will be on proper use of firearms, emergency vehicle operation, defensive tactics/arrest techniques, and fitness.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Obtain the knowledge and technical skills for eligibility to become certified peace officers as set forth by the standards of the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy for the State of Idaho
  • Become knowledgeable of the proper use of firearms, emergency vehicle operation, defensive tactics/arrest techniques, and fitness

Additional Opportunities

Students will get a strong mix of classroom instruction, hands-on training, and practicum experience.

Gainful Employment

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at cwidaho.cc/ge

Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement



Delivery Formats:

Intermediate Technical Certificate in Law Enforcement



Delivery Formats:

Basic Technical Certificate in Law Enforcement



Delivery Formats:

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Registration Open November 14 April 10 April 10
Financial Aid Priority Date December 5 May 15 July 10
Admission Deadline December 30 May 19 August 4
Last Day to Register January 13 June 2 August 18
Tuition and Fees Due January 13 June 2 August 18
Classes Begin January 17* June 5* August 21
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Submit a Law Enforcement Pre-Application between February 13, 2015 through the deadline of May 1, 2015. Apply Now!

Connecting With Ideas

Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes


Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

Employment opportunities include full-time, part-time, and volunteer work with law enforcement agencies in a variety of settings including patrol, dispatch, detention, and corrections.  Agencies may include those at the city, county, state, and federal levels.


  • Police Officer
  • Dispatcher
  • Law Enforcement
  • Sheriff
  • Detention Officer
  • Guard
  • Traffic Officer
  • Motorcycle Police
  • State Trooper
  • Park Police
  • Jail


Canyon County Center

2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, ID 83651

News and Blogs

On Dec. 14, students from CWI’s Criminal Justice Club and Law Enforcement program wrapped and delivered presents to a local family.

The CWI Foundation recently awarded more than $6,000 to the recipients of this year’s Wishing Well Fund.

On Oct. 5, CWI served as the host site for a community policing event presented by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Marshal’s Office.

CWI celebrated a milestone on July 26 as the first graduates from its Law Enforcement program were honored with a ceremony.

The program has received an important designation, being granted full certification by the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training.

On Dec. 5, students from the Law Enforcement Program and Criminal Justice Club spent the morning at a local Kmart wrapping presents for children.


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