Delta Police Academy

1961 Delta Road, University Center, MI 48710

The Delta College Police Academy has been providing quality law enforcement training for Northeastern Michigan since the 1970s. Located in an area where we are able to successfully accomplish the…


Phone: 989-686-9176

Ferris State University Law Enforcement Academy

1349 Cramer Circle, Big Rapids, MI 49307

The Mission of the Ferris State University Law Enforcement Academy is to increase the professional capabilities of law enforcement officers by developing recruits who are capable of addressing Michigan’s public…


Phone: 231-591-3646

Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy

143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The GRCC Police Academy is a 10 month Police Academy- We have the only night academy in Michigan.


Phone: 616-234-4280

Grand Valley State University Police Academy

One Campus Drive A-1-140 Mackinaw Hall, Allendale, MI 49401

The Grand Valley State University Police Academy’s mission is to educate and train police recruits so that they graduate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to begin a successful…


Phone: 616-331-8515

Kalamazoo Valley Community College Police Academy

The Groves Center, Kalamazoo, MI 49003

92% of KVCC Police Academy Alumni work in law enforcement – the highest in the state – compared with a statewide average of 69%!


Phone: 269-353-1260

Kellogg Community College Police Academy

450 North Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49017

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…


Phone: 269-660-7703

Kirtland Community College Regional Police Academy

10775 N. St. Helen Road, Roscommon, MI 48653

If you envision yourself as a police officer or sheriff’s deputy, Kirtland’s a perfect place to start. Programs are designed specifically for future police officers. The 17-week Kirtland Regional Police…


Phone: 989-275-5000 ext. 284

Lansing Community College Police Academy

5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, MI 48917

The 17-week Mid-Michigan Police Academy, offered in the fall and spring each year, provides students with more than 700 hours of training, far surpassing the state mandated 594 hours. Participation…


Phone: 517-483-1570

Macomb Community College Police Academy

21901 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036

The Macomb Police Academy provides 17 weeks of MCOLES (Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards) approved basic police training. Highly qualified subject matter experts supply Macomb cadets with instruction that…


Phone: 586-498-4050

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Academy

P.O. Box 30031, Lansing, MI 48909

The Department of Natural Resources conservation officer training academy trains prospective conservation officers for 22 weeks, including 14 weeks of basic law enforcement training and 8 weeks of specialized conservation…


Phone: 517-335-3432

Michigan State Police Training Academy

7426 North Canal Road, Lansing, MI 48913

The Michigan State Police Training Division is dedicated to enhancing the professionalism of all police employees through the development of character and competence. It is recognized that the development of…


Phone: 517-322-1500

Northern Michigan University Public Safety and Police Services

1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855

Northern Michigan University Public Safety and Police Services conducts five primary tasks: general public safety practices, crime prevention, crime investigation, employee safety and police training. The Public Safety branch of…


Phone: 906-227-2151

Northwestern Michigan College Police Academy

1701 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686

For those who seek an exciting, mobile career that serves the community, law enforcement may be a good choice. NMC’s Law Enforcement program is an official police training site designated…


Phone: 231-995-1283

Oakland Community College Police Academy

2900 Featherstone Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326

The Oakland Police Academy is recognized as a leading police training facility in the State of Michigan. Established on March 6, 1967 the Oakland Police Academy has consistently graduating high…


Phone: 248-232-4222 / 248-232-4220

Washtenaw Community College Police Academy

4800 E Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48106

The Washtenaw Community College Police Academy is an open-door institution willing to give all eligible individuals a chance to become a certifiable police officer. The police academy is an adult…


Phone: 313-677-5023

Wayne County Regional Police Training Center – Schoolcraft College

31777 Industrial Road, Livonia, MI 48150

The Wayne County Regional Police Training Center at Schoolcraft College is a Wayne County Regional Police Training Center and is MCOLES (Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards) accredited provider of…


Phone: 734-462-4307

Wayne County Sheriff Department Training Center

21000 Northline Road, Taylor, MI 48180

The Training Unit is primarily responsible for providing state required training that academy recruits receive to become certified police officers, as well as in-service training for current offices. However, the…


Phone: 734-287-2225

West Shore Community College Criminal Justice/Police Academy

3000 N Stiles Road, Scottville, MI 49454

The Criminal Justice degree is designed for students who wish to become police officers. If you are interested in criminal justice education, but do not want to become a police…


Phone: 231-843-5831

So you want to be a police officer in the state of Michigan, but you are not sure where to begin. Well to become a police officer in any state is a very extensive process. If you are going to become a police officer you maybes well understand what you are in for. First and foremost, the good thing in Michigan is that they are always looking for police officers, and if you make it you can expect to be paid well. One of the lowest salaries is $32,000 which is not bad at all.

Now because of the huge responsibility it is to be a police officer, there are certain requirements that a person must meet. For starters, you have to be at least 18 years old, and you have to have a high school diploma. Now after you do that, you will be required to meet a health examination, including hearing and vision. Second, you must meet a mental examination and a physical fitness test.

Now along with these things you must pass a written examination, and in most cases oral boards, and a very extensive background investigation. Now the background will be investigations into you. They will talk to your family, friends, and co-workers. Now if you pass all these tests, examinations and investigations, then the next step is for the applicant to go through a certified police academy. In the police academy the staff is designed to train you on how to be a good police officer.

As a police recruit, you can expect the academy to flow almost like a boot camp. You will be trained on things a police officer needs to know, for example; firearms training, because all police officers have to be able to shoot well. A recruit will be trained on traffic codes and criminal law. In order to be able to charge people criminally you need to know the law.

Now besides these two areas you will also be trained on ethics and behavior as a police officer, which is becoming more and more scrutinized. Now there are also two more areas that you need to realize that they will train you on. One will be high speed pursuit driving. Driving a patrol car is very intense, a lot of times police officers feel that the lights and sirens make them invincible. The truth of the matter is that it does not. That is why pursuit driving training is vital.

Next at the academy, you can also expect them to give you high intense physical training, commonly called PT. Usually your instructors are former military drill instructor types, and they are supposed to get you in great shape, often pushing you harder then you thought you could handle. Remember physical training is important to a police officer survival. It is not uncommon for police officers to have to fight and wrestle people, and do foot chases, so they need to be in good shape.

Now if a police recruit makes it through the intense training of the police academy, then they will have the honor and distinction of being able to graduate the police academy, and be certified in the state of Michigan as a police officer. Now as far as cost is concerned, there are two ways to get through the academy. If a police department hires a recruit before the academy, then the cost of the academy is paid for by the department. However in Michigan about 50% of the recruits pay their way through the academy.

Now if a recruit pays their way through the academy , the average cost is about $5700. Now along with the cost, a recruit can expect that they will be in the academy anywhere from 14-16 weeks, depending on the academy they go through.

Now once a recruit graduates the academy and goes to work as a police officer, he will be partnered with a field training officer, commonly referred to as a FTO. Field training officer is usually certified to be able to train rookies, and his job is to take what he learned in the classroom, and apply it to the street. Now once a recruit gets done his field training, then he is ready to go on his own. Once they get on their own, they usually start out in the patrol division, and earn their way up and prove themselves. Once they prove themselves, they have many different options.

All police departments have a lot of specialized units, including community policing, vice, narcotics, school resource officer, traffic, criminal investigations and even have homicide, and many, many others. If your dream is to be a police officer, now you know the steps and what is required. Many people want to be police officers because of movies and television shows, but people do not realize it is nothing like television. A police officer job is tough but rewarding at the same time, but it is not easy, and not for everybody.

If you want to be a police officer and make a difference in your community and your world, the Michigan police departments can always use good officers.

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