Public Safety

KCC Police Academy students watch as an instructor demonstrates one way to apprehend a suspect during a training drill. Public safety combines the responsibilities of a law enforcement officer and a firefighter. Primary duties include the prevention, suppression and investigation of fires; providing first response in medical emergencies; and all the duties of a law enforcement officer.

Individuals who wish to pursue a Public Safety degree from KCC are required to follow the Law Enforcement degree program and must possess their state certification in Fire Fighter I and II. This certification can be obtained through any Michigan Fire Fighter Training Council approved course. This certification should be transferred in prior to the start of KCC’s Police Academy. Click here for more information about approved Fire Fighter Training Council courses.

KCC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Public Safety. The sequence of classes recommended for full-time students seeking the degree follows.

For more information about KCC’s Public Safety Program, see:

Associate in Applied Science: Public Safety

Fall I Spring I Fall II Spring II
CRJU 101: Intro to Criminal Justice CRJU 221: Ethical Problem Solving in Policing CRJU 114: Physical Training 1 CRJU 115: Physical Training 2
COMM 101: Foundations of
Interpersonal Communication**
Healthy Living Elective* CRJU 200: Police Operations 1 CRJU 202: Criminal Law
ENGL 151: Freshman Composition** Global Awareness Elective* CRJU 201: Criminal Investigation CRJU 205: Traffic Control
Creativity Elective* Math and Science Elective* CRJU 204: Criminal Procedures CRJU 208: Police Operations 2
CRJU 212: Emergency Driving CRJU 213: Firearms Training
CRJU 214: PPCT Defensive Tactics 1  CRJU 215: PPCT Defensive Tactics 2
 CRJU 296: Field Experiences
CRJU 299: MCOLES Review

Please note: EMT 110: Medical First Responder Training is required for the degree but may be taken before or during the Police Academy. Students who have taken EMT 110 prior to the start of KCC’s Police Academy must pass the class as well as the National Registry exam and obtain their State of Michigan Medical First Responder License. Students who take EMT 110 during the academy session must complete and pass the course.

*For class options that fulfill the elective requirements indicated here, see the Degree and Certificate Requirements section of KCC’s Academic Catalog.

**Courses indicated fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of up to 30 credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit

Transfer Opportunities

Click here to view Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.

Public Safety Careers

Completing KCC’s Public Safety degree will prepare students to become certifiable as police officers in Michigan. Graduates will be eligible to apply to departments where police and fire services are combined.

Once employed, the Public Safety officer will have many opportunities for advancement or to become involved in specialized units. Officers may serve as criminal investigators, crime laboratory technicians, neighborhood liaison officers or K9 handlers, or work in fire service, fire prevention and training or other specialized units. Current job postings can be found online at

Possible job areas/titles for graduates with an education in public safety include:

  • Deputy sheriff
  • Police officer
  • Public safety officer
  • Tribal police

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info

For the latest employment and wage estimates for public safety careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at

Why Study Public Safety at KCC?

Besides offering a schedule that appeals to those who are currently employed or who have additional responsibilities that would prohibit them from attending a full-time police academy, KCC offers a learning environment that promotes adult learning, problem solving, critical thinking and service-learning. All KCC instructors are subject matter experts and are currently working in the field or are retired from it.

KCC also offers students the use of advanced training technology, including a MILO shooting simulator, two driving simulators and a skid car. This technology allows students to engage in hands-on training similar to that which they may experience in the field.

MILO Shooting Simulator

KCC’s MILO Shooting simulator provides students the ability to use their training to practice use-of-force and shoot/don’t-shoot scenarios within a safe and controlled environment. The MILO system uses two Glock-style handguns equipped with lasers, a taser, pepper spray and long-gun attachments. Common scenarios include patrol operations, active shooter, domestic violence and more.

Driving Simulators

KCC’s two driving simulators mimic a full-view driving course, with one designed similar to a Ford Taurus and the other as a Dodge Charger. These simulators allow students the ability to learn safe maneuvers in a controlled environment.

Skid Car

KCC’s skid car is a Dodge Charger equipped with a skid-car hydraulic attachment. This attachment allows the driver to experience high-speed reactions at lower, safer speeds. The hydraulic system is controlled by the evaluator, who is also in the vehicle during the training. The system mimics skid conditions such as those experienced while driving in snow, ice and other potentially hazardous road conditions.