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Welcome to the most complete directory on the Web of Security Guard programs. It contains all the nationally accredited programs, from 151 schools across the country.

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If you've ever visited a mall, jewelry store, government office, agency, bank, museum, or private estate, you've probably seen a security guard. These types of law enforcement professionals are often privately employed and tasked with protecting their employer's property against illegal activity including theft, fire, terrorism and vandalism. They're usually armed and are the first line of defense, calling on assistance from police, fire or emergency medical service teams as needed.


Security Guard Job Description

Some security guards are static, working in one place at a time; others are mobile and work on patrol, driving or walking from location to location and conducting security checks. They have the authority to detain or arrest law violators and issue warnings for traffic violations.

Guards may be posted at shopping centers, theaters, office complexes, banks, health care facilities, airports, train stations, factories, museums, laboratories, government buildings, universities, military bases, recreation sites, sports arenas, nightclubs and other locations. Some work as armored car guards, while others work as gaming surveillance officers. Almost every industry requires security guards. Depending on the size of the employer, security officers may be promoted to security manager, or they may work alone, handling all security for any given facility.

Most security guards work at least eight hours per shift and spend much of that time standing or moving. Many are also on call. For employers who need 24/7 coverage, guards may rotate schedules with their colleagues.


Security Guard Requirements

The qualifications for a position as a security guard aren't quite as stringent as those to enter a police department, but there are certain requirements nonetheless. Employers favor candidates who have earned a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as guards who have been licensed. A lot of the training is completed on the job. Generally, training includes weapons retention, the use of force and testing on the use of firearms. Many states require ongoing training for guards to retain their licenses. Guards at small shops may not receive as much training, for example, as those working at nuclear power plants.

While there are no education requirements to become a security guard, a degree in police science or criminal justice can give you an edge. Some postsecondary schools even offer programs or courses specifically for security guards.

In addition to holding a license, candidates should be at least 18 years of age and able to pass a drug test and background check. Armed guards are subject to more thorough background checks than unarmed guards. Certification is also available through ASIS International. Armed guards typically earn more than unarmed security guards and have greater job security, additional benefits and more upward mobility in their careers.


Security Guard Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that nearly 1.1 million security guards were employed in 2012, 57 percent of which were in investigation and security services. Between 2010 and 2020, security guard positions are expected to increase by 18 percent.

The median annual salary of a security guard in 2012 was $27,240. Industries hiring the most security guards include hospitals, local governments, elementary and secondary schools, and private investigation and security services. The top paying industries for security guards are natural gas distribution; deep-sea, coastal, and Great Lakes water transportation; computer systems services; business schools and couriers and express delivery services.

New York has the most employed security guards, followed by Florida, Nevada, District of Columbia, and Hawaii. Those working in Alaska earned the most.


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Alabama

Wallace Community College (Dothan, AL)
Programs Offered:

AAS in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
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Arizona

Argosy University (Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:

MA - Forensic Psychology - Law Enforcement (online)
Eastern Arizona College (Thatcher, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Academy
Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Certified Police Manager (Certificate) - CERT (online), Criminology and Criminal Justice - BS (online), Intelligence Led Policing (Certificate) - CERT (online), Justice Studies - BS (online), Sociology - BS (online)
Scottsdale Community College (Scottsdale, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Academy Prep
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Arkansas

Black River Technical College (Pocahontas, AR)
Programs Offered:

Police Certificate - Basic Police Training
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California

Argosy University (Alameda, CA / Los Angeles, CA / Orange, CA / San Bernardino, CA / San Diego, CA / Santa Ana, CA / Santa Monica, CA)
Programs Offered:

MA - Forensic Psychology - Law Enforcement (online)
College of the Sequoias (Visalia, CA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Academy
Gavilan College (Gilroy, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Administration of Justice - Law Enforcement with Police Academy, Certificate of Achievement - Administration of Justice - Law Enforcement with Police Academy
Glendale Community College (Glendale, CA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate of Completion - Police Supervision
Napa Valley College (Napa, CA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Basic Police Academy
Palomar College (San Marcos, CA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate of Achievement - Police Academy
Rio Hondo College (Whittier, CA)
Programs Offered:

Career Certificate - Police Academy
Sacramento City College (Sacramento, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Science - Police Services, Certificate of Achievement - Police Services
San Bernardino Valley College (San Bernardino, CA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Science
San Diego Miramar College (San Diego, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Science - Contemporary Police Technologies, Certificate of Achievement - Contemporary Police Technologies
Santa Rosa Junior College (Santa Rosa, CA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Basic Police Academy
University of La Verne (La Verne, CA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Public Administration/Policy (online), Master of Public Administration - Public Administration/Policy
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Colorado

Argosy University (Denver, CO)
Programs Offered:

MA - Forensic Psychology - Law Enforcement (online)
Colorado Technical University Online (Colorado Springs, CO)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Management - Criminal Justice (online)
Community College of Aurora (Aurora, CO)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Criminal Justice Community Policing
Pikes Peak Community College (Colorado Springs, CO)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Law Enforcement
Regis University (Denver, CO)
Programs Offered:

BS in Criminology (online), MS in Criminology (online)
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Connecticut

Housatonic Community College (Bridgeport, CT)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Management
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Florida

Argosy University (Sarasota, FL / Tampa, FL)
Programs Offered:

MA - Forensic Psychology - Law Enforcement (online)
Broward College (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Broward County Police Academy
Kaplan University (Fort Lauderdale, FL / Greenacres, FL / Miami Lakes, FL / St. Petersburg, FL)
Programs Offered:

BSCJ - Law Enforcement (online)
Santa Fe Community College (Gainesville, FL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Supervision
University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Leadership
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Georgia

Argosy University (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:

MA - Forensic Psychology - Law Enforcement (online)
Shorter University (Rome, GA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor Of Science / Arts In Criminal Justice (online)
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Hawaii

Argosy University (Honolulu, HI)
Programs Offered:

MA - Forensic Psychology - Law Enforcement (online)
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Illinois

Argosy University (Chicago, IL / Schaumburg, IL)
Programs Offered:

MA - Forensic Psychology - Law Enforcement (online)
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College (Chicago, IL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Basic Police Services
City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College (Chicago, IL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Criminal Justice/Public Police Service
Illinois Central College (East Peoria, IL)
Programs Offered:

In-Service Training - Central Illinois Police Training Center
Kaplan University (Chicago, IL)
Programs Offered:

BSCJ - Law Enforcement (online), MSCJ - Policing (online)
Lincoln Land Community College (Springfield, IL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate of Completion - Community Police Officer (online)
Rend Lake College (Ina, IL)
Programs Offered:

Occupational Certificate - Criminal Justice - Police Science
Richard J. Daley College (Chicago, IL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Public Police Requirements
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Iowa

Kaplan University (Cedar Falls, IA / Cedar Rapids, IA / Council Bluffs, IA / Davenport, IA / Mason City, IA / Urbandale, IA)
Programs Offered:

BSCJ - Law Enforcement (online)
Western Iowa Tech Community College (Sioux City, IA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Police Science - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Police Science - Forensic Investigations, Associate of Applied Science - Police Science Technology
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Kansas

Dodge City Community College (Dodge City, KS)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice and Police Science
Grantham University (Lenexa, KS)
Programs Offered:

AA - Criminal Justice (online), BA - Criminal Justice (online)
Wichita State University (Wichita, KS)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts - Public Administration/Policy
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Maine

Kaplan University (S Portland, ME)
Programs Offered:

BSCJ - Law Enforcement (online)
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Maryland

Anne Arundel Community College (Arnold, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice - Police Academy, Certificate - Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice - Police
Chesapeake College (Wye Mills, MD)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Criminal Justice - Natural Resources Police
Hagerstown Community College (Hagerstown, MD)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Services
Kaplan University (Hagerstown, MD)
Programs Offered:

BSCJ - Law Enforcement (online)
University of Baltimore (Baltimore, MD)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Government and Public Policy
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Massachusetts

Becker College (Worcester, MA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice - Policing
Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Criminology and Justice Policy
University of Massachusetts-Lowell (Lowell, MA)
Programs Offered:

Graduate Certificate - Leadership and Policy Development (online)
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Michigan

Henry Ford Community College (Dearborn, MI)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Arts - Law Enforcement with Police Academy
Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Kalamazoo, MI)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Academy
Kellogg Community College (Battle Creek, MI)
Programs Offered:

In-Service Training - Police
Lansing Community College (Lansing, MI)
Programs Offered:

Certificate of Achievement - Mid-Michigan Police Academy
Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Programs Offered:

Masters in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis (online)
Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, MI)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Academy
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Minnesota

Argosy University (Eagan, MN)
Programs Offered:

MA - Forensic Psychology - Law Enforcement (online)
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (Winona, MN)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Police Science
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:

BS Criminal Justice - Crime and Criminals (online)
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Social Work (DSW) - Criminal Justice (online), Law and Public Policy - Doctorate (online), Law and Public Policy-Advanced - (online), Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Public Administration - Homeland Security Policy and Coordination (online), Master of Public Administration - Homeland Security Policy (online), Master of Public Policy (MPP)- Emergency Management (online), Master of Public Policy (MPP)- Law and Public Policy (online), Master of Public Policy (MPP)- Public Management and Leadership (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice - General (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice - Self-Designed (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice - Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Human and Social Services - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology - Crisis Management & Response (online), Ph.D. in Criminal Justice (online), Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Emergency Management (online)
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Missouri

Metropolitan Community College (Independence, MO / Kansas City, MO / Lees Summit, MO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Police Science, Associate of Applied Science - Police Science, Certificate - Police Science Program, Certificate - Police Science
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Nebraska

Kaplan University (Lincoln, NE / Omaha, NE)
Programs Offered:

BSCJ - Law Enforcement (online)
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Nevada

Truckee Meadows Community College (Reno, NV)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice - Community Policing and Problem Solving
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New Hampshire

Southern New Hampshire University (Manchester, NH)
Programs Offered:

BS - Justice Studies/Policing & Law Enforcement (online)
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New Jersey

Mercer County Community College (Trenton, NJ / West Windsor, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Associates Degree of Science in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Track
Saint Peter's University (Jersey City, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Police Administration
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New Mexico

Northern New Mexico College (Espanola, NM)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Police Science (online)
San Juan College (Farmington, NM)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Police Science, Certificate - Basic Police Academy
Santa Fe Community College (Santa Fe, NM)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Supervision
Western New Mexico University (Silver City, NM)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Policing, Certificate - Police Academy
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New York

Cayuga County Community College (Auburn, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Police Science
Excelsior College (Albany, NY)
Programs Offered:

AS - Criminal Justice (Online), BS - Criminal Justice (with a concentration in Administration of Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement & Public Safety, or Homeland Security) (online)
Kaplan University (New York, NY)
Programs Offered:

BSCJ - Law Enforcement (online)
Monroe Community College (Rochester, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice: Police
Orange County Community College (Middletown, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Police Science
SUNY-Adirondack Community College (Queensbury, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice - Police
SUNY-Broome Community College (Binghamton, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice-Police
SUNY-Jamestown Community College (Jamestown, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice: Police
SUNY-Jefferson Community College (Watertown, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement with Police Academy Option
SUNY-Suffolk County Community College (Selden, NY)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Criminal Justice: Police Administration
SUNY-Ulster County Community College (Stone Ridge, NY)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Basic Training
SUNY-Westchester Community College (Valhalla, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Police Science
The Sage Colleges (Albany, NY / Troy, NY)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Crime and Justice Policy
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North Carolina

Miller-Motte College (Cary, NC)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associate of Applied Science (online), Criminal Justice - Bachelor of Science (online)
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North Dakota

Minot State University (Minot, ND)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Management and Investigation
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Ohio

Butler Tech (Hamilton, OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Basic Police Academy
Central Ohio Technical College (Newark, OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Basic Police Academy - Ohio Peace Officer Training
Columbus State Community College (Columbus, OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Academy
Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement - Basic Police Academy
Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools (Groveport, OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Officer Training Academy - Basic
Ehove Career Center (Milan, OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Academy
Hocking College (Nelsonville, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Police Science
Lorain County Community College (Elyria, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Justice Systems - Police Science, Certificate of Proficiency - Police Science
Rhodes State College (Lima, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree with Police Training - Police Officer College Basic Training Academy
Terra State Community College (Fremont, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement: Police Science
The University of Findlay (Findlay, OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Administrative and National Security Policy, Certificate - Policing
Union Institute & University (Cincinnati, OH)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts - Leadership, Public Policy, and Social Issues
University of Cincinnati-Clermont College (Batavia, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Law Enforcement with Police Academy Option
Zane State College (Zanesville, OH)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Police Science
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Oklahoma

Caddo Kiowa Technology Center (Fort Cobb, OK)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Report Writing
Rose State College (Midwest City, OK)
Programs Offered:

Certificate of Proficiency - Criminal Justice - Police Science
University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice - Police
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Pennsylvania

Community College of Beaver County (Monaca, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Police Technology, Certificate - Police Technology
Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Police Science, Certificate - Police Science
Lackawanna College (Scranton, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Science - Criminal Justice - Police or Security
Shippensburg University (Shippensburg, PA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Public Administration/Policy, Master of Science - Public Administration/Policy
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Puerto Rico

Caribbean University (Ponce, PR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Police Science
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South Carolina

Miller-Motte Technical College (North Charleston, SC)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Public Administration/Policy
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Tennessee

Argosy University (Nashville, TN)
Programs Offered:

MA - Forensic Psychology - Law Enforcement (online)
Daymar Institute (Nashville, TN)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Police Studies
Nashville State Community College (Nashville, TN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Police Science - Crime Scene Investigation, Associate of Applied Science - Police Science - Police Administration, Certificate - Police Science Academy
Southwest Tennessee Community College (Memphis, TN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Police Science
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Texas

Alvin Community College (Alvin, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement Police Administration, Certificate - Law Enforcement Police Administration
Argosy University (Dallas, TX / Farmers Branch, TX)
Programs Offered:

MA - Forensic Psychology - Law Enforcement (online)
Dallas County Community College District (Mesquite, TX)
Programs Offered:

Continuing Ed. Training - Law Enforcement/Police Academy
Del Mar College (Corpus Christi, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology (Police Science)
Grayson County College (Denison, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Academy
Kilgore College (Kilgore, TX)
Programs Offered:

Continuing Education Program/Certificate - Police Academy
Sul Ross State University (Alpine, TX)
Programs Offered:

Professional Training - Basic Police Academy
Texas A & M International University (Laredo, TX)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Psychology (Police Psychology track)
The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College (Brownsville, TX)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Police Administration
Wayland Baptist University (Plainview, TX)
Programs Offered:

Master of Public Administration - Public Administration/Policy
West Texas A & M University (Canyon, TX)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice - Policing
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Utah

Eagle Gate College (Murray, UT)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Bachelors - Murray, UT
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Virginia

Argosy University (Arlington, VA)
Programs Offered:

MA - Forensic Psychology - Law Enforcement (online)
Centura College (Virginia Beach, VA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Science
George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Justice, Law, and Crime Policy, Master of Arts - Justice, Law, and Crime Policy
John Tyler Community College (Chester, VA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Police Science
Longwood University (Farmville, VA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Public Policy
Mountain Empire Community College (Big Stone Gap, VA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Police Science
New River Community College (Dublin, VA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Police Science
Paul D Camp Community College (Franklin, VA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Administration of Justice - Police Science
Piedmont Virginia Community College (Charlottesville, VA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Police Science
Virginia Highlands Community College (Abingdon, VA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Police Science
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Washington

Argosy University (Seattle, WA)
Programs Offered:

MA - Forensic Psychology - Law Enforcement (online)
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West Virginia

Mountwest Community and Technical College (Huntington, WV)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Police Science, Certificate - Police Science
West Virginia Wesleyan College (Buckhannon, WV)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice - Policing
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Wyoming

Casper College (Casper, WY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice Policing, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice Policing