COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS • Is the Academy an 8 am to 5 pm schedule? Grand Valley State University
No. The schedule varies – early morning, evenings,
• Am I required to live on campus while and weekend sessions.
attending the Academy?
• After I successfully complete the academy,
Students have the option of living on campus. It is
highly recommended that you find housing close to
am I a licensed police officer?
campus. No. Successfully completing the academy only
allows you to take the State Licensing Exam. If
• If I am a Criminal Justice major at GVSU you pass the exam, you are Licensable and will
am I automatically admitted to the police become a Licensed Police Officer only after an
academy? agency hires you.
No. Students are selected on their qualifications,
• Will completion of the academy guarantee
me a career in law enforcement?
• Can I skip portions of the academy for No. Employment is based on the graduate’s own
weddings, vacations, etc.? initiative and is not guaranteed by GVSU.
No. Make no plans during the academy. We
train on the weekends!
• Do I need to bring my own weapon?
No. The academy provides all weapons and
equipment. If you are interested in attending the GVSU
• Am I required to purchase my textbooks?
Police Academy, please visit the GVSU
Police Academy webpage located at
No -your student fee includes all books and www.gvsu.edu/cj/policeacademy or
manuals and will be provided to you on the first day contact the Director of the Academy at
of class. (616) 331-8515.
• Do I need to purchase uniforms?
Yes. You will have to purchase your uniforms from
Nye Uniform in Grand Rapids.
• I have an MIP and /or speeding tickets.
Will this automatically eliminate me from
Each applicant is considered on a case-by-case basis.
These types of violations do speak to an individual’s
moral character and may be taken into School of Criminal Justice
consideration. Additionally, these and other offenses 289-C DeVos Center
may also limit your ability to gain employment with Police Academy Office 401 W. Fulton
a law enforcement agency. A-1-140 Mackinac Hall Grand Rapids, MI 49504
One Campus Drive (616) 331-7130
• How can I physically prepare for the police
Allendale, MI 49401
At a minimum, you must be able to perform to the
MCOLES Physical Fitness entrance standards.
INTRODUCTION GVSU REQUIREMENTS THE SELECTION PROCESS
The GVSU Police Academy is an annual 16 week To be eligible for consideration a candidate 1. Application forms will be available online
intensive program that meets the Michigan must meet one of the following: (www.gvsu.edu/cj/policeacademy)
Commission on Law Enforcement Standards between October 15th and December 15th.
(MCOLES) training requirements and prepares 1. Possess a 2 or 4 year college degree Turn-in date will be noted in the
students for the Law Enforcement Licensing from an institution of higher application instructions.
Examination. The Police Academy is conducted education. There is no specific major
during GVSU’s Spring & Summer semester requirement. (Incomplete packets will not be processed. It is
(April – August). the candidate’s responsibility to submit a complete
- or - packet)
The Academy is a professional learning
environment designed to give the basic training 2. Be a registered student at GVSU and 2. If you successfully pass the initial
and education needed to begin a career in law be eligible for graduation upon screening process, you will be invited to
enforcement. Academic excellence and personal completion of the police academy. participate in a two part interview process
integrity is stressed during the academy. - Oral Board & Director’s Interview.
Recruits will be mentally and physically MCOLES REQUIREMENTS 3. Upon passing the interview process and a
challenged on a daily basis. The learning thorough background investigation, 36
environment is a combination of traditional • Successful completion / passing score on applicants will be accepted into the
classroom and practical exercises conducted by both of the MCOLES pre-enrollment academy and invited to an orientation
the 60+ members of the academy staff. tests - Physical Agility test and Reading & session.
Students earn 15 credit hours during the course ***NOTE: Both of the MCOLES Pre-
of the police academy. Courses include: • Successful completion of required enrollment tests (Reading & Writing and
medical examinations. Common Physical Agility) must be completed by
CJ 415 – L.E. Physical Education, Defensive problems areas: the application turn-in deadline – no
Tactics & Firearms exceptions!
CJ 416 – Special Operations & Training o You cannot be color blind, must
CJ 417 – Criminal Investigations II have 20/20 vision (can be with
CJ 418 – Patrol & Traffic Administration & aid of corrective lenses), and
Procedures must pass the hearing standard STUDENT EXPENSES
CJ 419 – Michigan Criminal Law (aided or unaided).
*All of these courses must be completed with an overall Tuition = 15 credit hours
course average of 70% or better. o If you think that you have a Student Fee = $1,500.00 (subject to increase)
disability that would prevent Uniforms = $360.00 (approx.)
your admission to the academy,
ADMISSION please schedule an appointment
with the Training Director.
Admission to the police academy is highly Additional information regarding MCOLES
competitive and limited to a maximum of 36 • No Felony Convictions. requirements can be found at
recruits per session. It is imperative that you www.michigan.gov/mcoles under the
disclose all requested information. • Possess good moral character (determined Standards & Training link.
through background investigation).