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Kirtland Regional Police Academy

KIRTLAND REGIONAL POLICE ACADEMY:  We’re located in the Administration Center (ADM) Lower Level

Phone: (989) 275-5000, ext. 348 | Fax: (989) 275-6776

Program Advisor

Thomas Grace
Police Academy Director
(989) 275-5000, ext 380

Gainful Employment

Ready for this critical step toward a career in Law Enforcement?  Kirtland Regional Police Academy has a proven record of success.  Over 90% of our Cadets secure jobs in Law Enforcement after successful completion of our academy!

Kirtland Regional Police Academy firing range practiceTo be accepted into this well-respected program you must go through a screening and application process proving you meet the educational, physical and moral standards established by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES).  This is in addition to Kirtland’s  academic eligibility requirements.

Potential cadets must hold an associate degree or higher through an accredited college or university; OR be sponsored by a Law Enforcement Agency; OR the 21-credit academy must complete their Criminal Justice Pre-Service associate degree from Kirtland, or one of our partnering (3+1) colleges.

Successful candidates will be accepted into the Kirtland Regional Police Academy as a cadet.  You will be tested and challenged across 17 weeks of intensive, disciplined, para-military training. You will be required to follow a strict code of conduct and dress code.  The academy provides the opportunity for cadets to develop self-discipline, respect for authority, and accountability while providing the practical, physical and mental training you’ll need to succeed as a professional law enforcement officer.   The state-required core curriculum will prepare you for the MCOLES state certification exam.  Kirtland’s on-campus Firearms Range is utilized for training and firearms qualification to MCOLES standards.  Physical Fitness training will be conducted throughout the Academy in preparation for the MCOLES Physical Fitness exit exam.

Kirtland Regional Police AcademyKirtland Regional Police Academy will provide the basic training and real-world skills you need. Classroom lectures and hands-on experience are delivered by a wide range of faculty members who represent decades of combined professional experience. These specialists in their area of training include:

  • chiefs of police
  • undersheriffs
  • deputies
  • post commanders
  • patrol officers
  • emergency medical technicians
  • conservation officers
  • inspectors and
  • attorneys

If you’re reading this, you must be seriously interested in pubic safety and public service. The Kirtland Regional Police Academy is the best choice to prepare for a safe, successful career.  If you are ready to make the commitment we are ready to help you get there.

Related public safety programs include:

Get your police training at Kirtland Community College

Associate in Applied Science degrees

  • Criminal Justice Pre-Service
  • Emergency Medical Services


  • Police Academy – Advanced Certificate
  • Military Police Academy – Special Certificate

Partnership Programs

  • Alpena Community College
  • Central Michigan University (off-campus/online)
  • Mid Michigan Community College
  • North Central Michigan College
  • Davenport University
  • Franklin University
  • Lake Superior State University

All candidates must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA or better, with a grade of C or better in all emergency services courses. A mandatory dress code is in effect for all students enrolled in the emergency services curriculum. Students have the opportunity to plan for transfer to a four-year college or university.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university must consult with an advisor and carefully study the requirements of the four-year institution from which they intend to secure a bachelor’s degree.

Specific information about program and course requirements can be found in our College Catalog.

2015-2016 Police Academy sessions

  • July 13 through November 6, 2015
  • January 11 through May 6, 2016
  • July 11 through November 4, 2016

Entry requirements

To enter the Academy, a candidate must meet Standards established by MCOLES.

Educational prerequisites are as follows:

  • Have completed at least an associate degree through an accredited college or university; OR
  • Have completed degree prerequisites through Kirtland Community College’s Criminal Justice Pre-Service degree program; OR
  • Be employed and sponsored by a police department; OR
  • Qualify for an educational waiver from MCOLES after completing a military police academy and serving at least a year as a military police officer.

July 2015 – June 2016 Costs

Police AcademyIn DistrictOut of District
Tuition and Fees6,7018,423
Miscellaneous Expenses500500
 Rates are subject to change without notice

A student may be assessed the in-district rate after providing proof showing that he/she resides in the Kirtland College district. Documentation must be submitted prior to the first day of the Academy. Residency is established in the Admissions office by one of the following methods: Driver’s License, Rental Receipt, Secretary of State Identification Card, Voters Registration Card, and Property Tax Receipt.
(*See Residency Policy for more information).

Payment Options

Cash, Check, or Money Order payable to:

Kirtland Community College
Student Financial Services
10775 N. St. Helen Rd
Roscommon, MI 48653

VISA, MasterCard, Discover, call (989)275-5000 ext. 257

e-Cashier Payment Plan

Pell grant or student loan: contact your home school or Kirtland’s Student Financial Services Office at (989)275-5000 ext. 257

Purchase order from a sponsoring department. Submit to:

Careers in Public Safety
Kirtland Community College
10775 N. St. Helen Rd
Roscommon, MI 48653

Veterans Benefits, visit or call 1-888-442-4551

Additional Expenses


      • Pre-Enrollment Reading and Writing Test: $68
        Register and pay with credit card online at MCOLES website
      • Pre-Enrollment Physical Fitness Test: $45
        Register with Careers in Public Safety Office at (989)275-5000, ext. 348
      • Physical, Vision, and Hearing Exams
        Varies by doctor’s office
      • Livescan Fingerprinting
        Varies by location
      • Uniforms  $200
        Due at Academy Orientation
      • MCOLES Licensing Exam: $75
        Administered the last week of the Academy. Register and pay with credit card online at MCOLES website

Rates are subject to change without notice

MCOLES Pre-Enrollment Testing

The Kirtland Regional Police Academy is authorized by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) as a Regional Test Center for pre-employment reading and writing exam and physical fitness testing required of law enforcement candidates. Approximately four test sessions are conducted each year at the Community Recreation, Activities and Fitness (CRAF) Center in downtown Roscommon.

To sign up for the Reading and Writing exam, register and pay online through the MCOLES website.

To register for the Physical Fitness Pre-Enrollment Test call 989-275-5000, ext. 348.

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