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2019-2020 Catalog 
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Police Academy Certificate

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Academic Program Code:  819

The Law Enforcement program is a pre-service police academy program that prepares students to become eligible to be a licensed Police Officer in Michigan. Police agencies in Michigan require a recruit to attend a Police Academy program and receive an Associates Degree or higher. Students can attend the GRCC Police Academy if they already have a degree.

The Police Academy is a two semester program that runs Fall and Winter semester.   All applicants must first complete an application and be screened to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). All potential recruits must pass all of the minimum MCOLES Standards, attend an interview and be selected into the program. Please refer to for a schedule. 

Contact: Police Academy Director (616) 234-3568

Program Admissions Requirements

The admission process for this program includes a full criminal background check. Students must provide a social security number in order for this process to be completed. False information is illegal and may be investigated as a criminal offense. Students are also required to be a U.S. citizen and show proof of citizenship.

CJ 164  is a mandatory class that must be taken regardless of already having a degree.  The class is to be taken in the Summer semester, prior to the start of the Police Academy and you must pass the MCOLES Physical Fitness test prior to admittance. None of the courses can be transferred from another institution.

Total Credit Hours


Program Notes

The Police Academy has the right to change the course sequencing or offerings at any time. CJ 164 - Police Academy Boot Camp  is taken the Summer semester prior to starting the Police Academy.

Essential Abilities/Technical Standards

Standards (Please refer to for all standards for Michigan Law Enforcement Officers).

Ethical Requirements: The Police Academy at GRCC prides itself on high ethical standards. Comprehensive background checks are conducted on all applicants. The potential recruit must possess a strong moral character and be free from any felony convictions. Misdemeanor convictions are determined on a case by case basis.

Physical Requirements: The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) requires potential recruits to pass a pre-enrollment physical fitness test. These standards are based on age and gender. The standards and individual events can be found at A passing score on this test must be completed by the application deadline and 180 days prior to the start of the police academy.

Medical Standards: The recruit must pass all medical standards required by MCOLES. Recruits must pass the vision, hearing and medical standards during the application process. All information will be available with the Police Academy application. Police Academy Courses Classes designated as Police Academy classes are restricted to those recruits who have been formally selected into GRCC’s Police Academy.

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