Law Enforcement Operations

Housed under FSU Panama City’s Public Safety & Security program, the law enforcement operations major integrates analytic and hands-on practical exercises with theoretical principles to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in law enforcement, security, intelligence or investigations. A broad range of coursework available online and in-person focuses on the criminal justice system, ethics, interview and interrogation techniques, understanding drug culture, homeland security issues and using technology in investigations.

Students can further tailor their education with a certificate in underwater crime scene investigation, and graduates can further advance their career with a master’s level with a graduate certificate or master’s degree in law enforcement intelligence.



Through on-campus and online coursework and a real-world capstone project, the program prepares graduates to plan and carry out intelligence and surveillance operations in dynamic security settings at the federal, state and local level.  

Combining academic skills and real-world experience, the law enforcement operations major ensures students have the tools necessary to succeed in future careers in law enforcement, intelligence services or the military.


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The War Zone- The Drive

“’Identity Intel Ops’ Turn US Special Operators Into Combat Detectives. Personal data, fingerprints, DNA, and more all help lead elite forces to their next target.”

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The Growing Link Between Intelligence Communities and Academia

"...the tactics used by America’s current and potential future enemies are constantly changing. This volatility and diversity of threats means that the IC needs higher education’s help."

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US News

"US News  reports the FSU "online bachelor’s programs took the greatest leap in the rankings, reaching No. 34, up from No. 161 last year. Online undergraduate degree programs include computer science, criminology, social science, and public safety and security."

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