Serving the community as a police officer is one of the most challenging and rewarding careers available. It is a demanding profession that requires integrity, intelligence, and courage. Police officers make a difference in someone’s life every day.
KCC’s police academy is a track program: classes only meet for a few days a week, and one academy session is spread over two 15-week semesters. Our schedule runs from 7:30 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and this schedule allows recruits the opportunity to attend the academy while maintaining employment. Many former students have expressed that if it wasn’t for the flexibility of KCC’s Police Academy schedule, they would have never been able to achieve their dream of becoming a law enforcement officer.
Below are sample schedules of an academy session, broken up by the fall and spring semesters.
- View sample fall Semester Police Academy schedule
- View sample spring Semester Police Academy schedule
KCC’s Police Academy is well respected throughout the state, and the caliber of our graduates who have moved out-of-state has helped make our program a destination for out-of-state recruiters. KCC currently boasts a 100 percent pass rate on the MCOLES licensure exam for more than 10 years, and an average of 80 percent of our graduates obtain employment within a year after completing the academy.
KCC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Law Enforcement. The sequence of classes recommended for full-time students seeking the degree follows.
For more information about KCC’s Law Enforcement Program, see:
- Our program maps outlining credential course requirements by semester
- KCC’s latest Academic Catalog
- The Criminal Justice (CRJU) course descriptions page
- Information about law enforcement careers
- Information about why you should study law enforcement at KCC
- For police officer eligibility requirements, read the Employment Standards for Michigan Law Enforcement Officers
- Information about transferring to Kellogg Community College to complete the Police Academy
- View KCC’s 2018 Police Academy Application Information Packet
- View Current Police Academy Cost Breakdown
Associate in Applied Science: Law Enforcement
- View KCC’s 2019-2020 Law Enforcement Degree Advising Guide for more information.
NOTE: If you currently have an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution, you can automatically apply to the next academy.
|Fall 1||Spring 1||Fall 2||Spring 2||Summer 2***|
Crime & Delinquency
Ethical Problem Solving in Policing
Physical Training 1
Physical Training 2
Firearms Training 2***
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Encounter with the Arts*
Police Operations 1
|ENGL 151: Freshman Composition*||MATH 115:
Math for Liberal Arts*
Introduction to Sociology*º
Introduction to Psychology**
Police Operations 2
PPCT Defensive Tactics 2
PPCT Defensive Tactics 1
Firearms Training 1
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.
*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 www.kellogg.edu/macrao.
** Completion of basic training for any branch of the military will meet this requirement. A valid DD-214 must be submitted to the Records and Registration Department. This training will come in as PEHL 140.
*** The Summer 2 semester courses (CRJU 231 & CRJU 296) do not meet the entire summer semester – classes will be completed in early June.
ºCompletion of basic training for any branch of the military will meet this requirement. A valid DD-214 must be submitted to the Records and Registration Department. This training will come in as PEHL 140.
Law Enforcement Certificate
Students must be accepted into the Police Academy in order to enroll for the Law Enforcement Certificate Program.
Police Academy Application Forms
Students should not complete KCC’s Police Academy application until they are sure they meet the requirements to start the Police Academy portion of the Law Enforcement degree. The general education courses do not require this application. Students unsure about whether or not they are ready to apply should contact KCC’s Criminal Justice office at 269-660-7703.
The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 academy has been extended to Thursday, July 18, 2019.
An additional fitness test will be offered on Saturday, July 13 @ 9:00 am
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Transferring in to KCC
If you have completed coursework at another institution, you can transfer those credits to KCC to meet the degree requirements for the Law Enforcement Degree.
- 2019-2020 Law Enforcement Transfer Guide – Glen Oaks Community College
- 2019-2020 Law Enforcement Transfer Guide – Grand Rapids Community College
- 2019-2020 Law Enforcement Transfer Guide – Jackson College
- 2019-2020 Law Enforcement Transfer Guide – Kalamazoo Valley Community College
- 2019-2020 Law Enforcement Transfer Guide – Lake Michigan College
- 2019-2020 Law Enforcement Transfer Guide – Lansing Community College
- 2019-2020 Law Enforcement Transfer Guide – Southwestern Michigan College
Transferring from KCC
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.
Law Enforcement Careers
KCC’s Police Academy prepares students to become certifiable as police officers in Michigan. Upon obtaining employment within a department, graduates can advance their careers to positions as sergeants, lieutenants, detectives, K9 officers and others based on the availability of positions within their department. Current job postings can be found online at www.michigan.gov/mcoles.
Possible job areas/titles for graduates with an education in law enforcement include:
- Deputy sheriff
- Police officer
- Tribal police
Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info
For the latest employment and wage estimates for law enforcement careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.
Why Study Law Enforcement 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.
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.
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.