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Kirtland Regional Police Academy

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Median Salary: $56,980

Job Growth Outlook 2012-22: 5%

The median annual wage for career opportunities from this program with an associate degree, according to the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Step up

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 Academy represents the last step in achieving that goal.

Successful completion of the academy will make you eligible for employment as a law enforcement officer in most police agencies in Michigan and some other states in the country.  Kirtland academy graduates enjoy consistently high placement rates in Law Enforcement positions.

The academy will give you the physical and mental training you’ll need to succeed as a professional. You’ll develop the self-discipline, respect for authority, and attention to detail necessary for extraordinary standards and safety on the job.

You’ll get basic training and real-world skills through classroom lectures and hands-on experience delivered by a wide range of faculty members who represent decades of combined professional experience. Each one is a specialist in their area of training.

Who does well in it?

People who are:


What would you do?

respond to crimes
arrest and book criminals
file incident and crime reports
enforce traffic violations

Pass the test

The academy uses the most up-to-date resources available including Kirtland’s on-campus multi-screen interactive simulator and remote controlled live fire target system. The state-required core curriculum will prepare you for the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) state licensing exam. Over the past decade, Kirtland graduates have achieved a 100% pass rate for the state exam!

The 21-credit academy completes the curriculum necessary for Kirtland’s Criminal Justice Pre-Service associate degree or  those of our partnering  colleges. It can also be taken after completing an associate’s degree or higher through another accredited college or university.

As a candidate, you will have to maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA or better, with a grade of C or better in all emergency services courses. You’ll have to follow a mandatory dress code in effect for all academy cadets.

Kirtland’s curriculum will help you even if you are transferring in from another college or plan to eventually complete a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field.

Where would you work?

police department
sheriff’s department

Kirtland Regional Police Academy firing range practice