Our police academy cadets get it right 100 percent of the time. We’re not exaggerating; the pass rate for our police academy is perfect. If you’re wondering whether or not you have what it takes to become a police officer, trust Kirtland to help you figure it out.
First, you’ll need to be accepted into the police academy.
Since public safety officers don’t know exactly what they’ll find when they come upon a scene, consider this process your first test.
It’s OK to not know how it will go. Applying for and being accepted into our academy requires taking a bit of a risk. It’s a proverbial “if you don’t try it, you’ll never know” situation.
You’ll be participating in intensive, military-style training as a cadet. Once you are accepted into the academy, you will have to follow a strict code of conduct — and a dress code. You’ll start to get a real feel for whether or not this is a fit for you fairly early in the process.
To enter the academy, you’ll have to meet Standards established by MCOLES. The standards are the same so if you’ve read our blog about paramedics, the educational basics are the same:
- 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.
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. Our Regional Police Academy will help you develop the physical and mental training you’ll need to be a professional law enforcement officer.
Kirtland’s 21-credit academy completes the curriculum necessary for our Criminal Justice Pre-Service associate degree. You can take it after completing an associate’s degree through another accredited college or university. It’s the last step you’ll take toward becoming a police officer.
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.
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