AAS Natural Resources Law Enforcement approved

Central Lakes College, Brainerd and Staples, will offer a two-year degree in Natural Resources Law Enforcement starting next fall. The degree to be offered is Associate in Applied Science.

The college currently offers 72-credit AAS degrees separately in both Natural Resources and Criminal Justice and will continue to offer those.

The new, integrated program will qualify graduates for natural resources law enforcement positions such as conservation officers.

Only a single new, one-credit introductory course in Natural Resources Law Enforcement is needed, as the existing courses in general education, law enforcement and natural resources currently at CLC are part of the curriculum for the new program.

Officials said that state hiring needs for law enforcement personnel, including those in the conservation field, are predicted to rise significantly due to retirements and vacancies.

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