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How do I get accepted into the police academy?

Public safety officers and emergency responders don’t always know what they’ll be facing when they rush to a scene. When you apply for, get accepted into, and do well in our academy, you’ll need to show what you’re made of right from the get go.

You’ll participate in intensive, disciplined, military-style training as a cadet. Once you are accepted into the academy, you’ll be following a strict code of conduct so gear up to kick your self-discipline into high gear. Kirtland’s Regional Police Academy will give you the physical and mental training you’ll need to be a professional law enforcement officer.

Our 21-credit academy completes the curriculum necessary for Kirtland’s Criminal Justice Pre-Service associate degree and is the last step you’ll take toward becoming a police officer.  To enter the Academy, a candidate (that’s you) must meet Standards established by MCOLES. The educational basics you need to meet are:

  • Completed at least an associate degree through an accredited college or university; OR
  • 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.

You’ll have to maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA or better, with a grade of C or better in all of your emergency services courses.

The Regional Police Academy is located in the Administration Center (ADM), lower level. Stop in for a visit or call us at (989) 275-5000, ext. 348. Don’t wait. Spots in our Bottom of Form

Regional Police Academy fill up fast. The 17-week challenge is your first step toward a career of service — if you are successful in meeting the challenge.