Culturally Responsive Professional Peace Officer

Program Details


We are committed to developing leaders in the public and protective service profession through culturally responsive, transformative education and training.


As innovators in education, who promote accountability, cultural responsiveness, communication, and integrity, we create public servant leaders who are prepared to work in and support communities.

The Culturally Responsive Professional Peace Officer program and curriculum promote five core values:
1. Accountability
2. Compassion/Empathy
3. Integrity
4. Cultural Responsiveness
5. Interpersonal Communication

These core values serve as the foundation for preparing future public servant leaders.

Important Notice

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.

Professional Peace Officer Studies at Inver Hills

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Transfer Information

After earning your CRPPO A.S. degree at Inver Hills, you will be able to transfer with junior-year status to Minnesota State University Mankato to pursue your Policing Studies B.S.

Student Clubs

BSOL (Beta Sigma Omega Lambda): Criminal Justice Club

Purpose: Provide criminal justice forums, job fairs, community service and awareness of criminal justice careers and academic programs, including raising awareness of the Inver Hills Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement degree and certificate programs.

Visit BSOL on Facebook.

Leslie Palmer, PhD
Criminal Justice Instructor
BSOL Faculty Advisor

Criminal Justice Studies at Inver Hills Adds Up

What you’ll accomplish as a student in our CRPPO program:

  1. Analyze the causes and effects of criminal behavior and delinquency
  2. Explore how state and federal laws work to keep our communities safe
  3. Serve and protect fellow citizens while enforcing the laws of our community
  4. Perform operations such as SWAT, crime scene investigation, interrogating suspects, counter-terrorism, and threat assessment
  5. Strengthen your mind and body through rigorous mental and physical training
  6. Work directly with expert, student-focused criminal justice faculty with professional experience in the field
  7. Benefit from small class sizes and collaborating with likeminded classmates
  8. Get firsthand experience working on real-world criminal justice issues, situations, and problems
  9. Save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt

According to U.S. News & World Report, national student loan debt topped $1.7 trillion in the second quarter of 2021, or roughly $740 billion more than U.S. total credit card debt.

In Minnesota, 900,000 student loan borrowers owe an average $31,250 in federal and private student debt. That debt translates into an average monthly payment topping $250. 

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,500. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000+ at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver Hills getting a topflight, hands-on education from knowledgeable, caring and experienced faculty and then transfer to a four-year school as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars.