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, POLICE 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? INFORMATION 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 not status. 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 admission? 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 academy? Allendale, MI 49401 (616) 331-8515 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. Writing test. 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).
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