Police Academy/Law Enforcement

A KCC police car parked on campus in Battle Creek.

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.

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:

Associate in Applied Science: Law Enforcement

NOTE: If you currently have an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution, you can automatically apply to the next academy.
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2Summer 2**
CRJU 101:
Introduction to Criminal Justice
COMM 101:
Interpersonal Communications*
COMM 207:
Public Speaking*
CRJU 116:
Physical Training
CRJU 204:
Criminal Procedures
CRJU 231:
Firearms Training 2**
ENGL 151: Freshman Composition*CRJU 203:
Crime & Delinquency
CRJU 221:
Ethical Problem Solving in Policing
CRJU 200:
Police Operations 1
CRJU 205:
Traffic Control
CRJU 296:
Field Experience**
FYS 101: First Year SeminarPersonal & Cultural Engagement Gen Ed: see 2021-2022 Law Enforcement Degree Advising GuideCRJU 201:
Criminal Investigation
CRJU 208:
Police Operations 2
Critical Thinking Gen Ed: see 2021-2022 Law Enforcement Degree Advising GuideCRJU 202:
Criminal Law
CRJU 216:
Defensive Tactics
Personal & Cultural Engagement Gen Ed: see 2021-2022 Law Enforcement Degree Advising Guide CRJU 217:
Emergency Vehicle Operations
CRJU 223: Speed Measurement Enforcement 
  EMT 101:
Advanced CPR and First Aid
CRJU 230:
Firearms Training 1
   CRJU 299:

Please note:

EMT 101 Advanced First Aid and CPR is a required course for the Police Academy.

An individual licensed in the State of Michigan as a Medical First Responder or higher may be exempt from this training. Please contact the Public Safety Education office for more information.

*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.

** The Summer 2 semester courses (CRJU 231 & CRJU 296) do not meet the entire summer semester – classes will be completed in early June.

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.

2022 – 2023 Police Academy Application

The 2022 – 2023 Police Academy Application will be available here beginning March 7, 2022. The previous application is listed below as a reference to what may be asked on the application.

2021-2022 Police Academy Instructions

Please review all instructions before completing the application below.

2021-2022 Police Academy Application Forms

All forms below should be downloaded and returned as part of your application packet. NOTE: These documents are best viewable on Adobe Reader: https://get.adobe.com/reader/

Transfer Opportunities

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.

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 advising@kellogg.edu 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.

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.