Police Academy

Police academy students outside during class.

The Program

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. 

CJ 164 Police Academy Registration

The morning sections of CJ 164 (6:00am - 7:00am) are currently full. Our Department has begun a waitlist for these sections.

This form is exclusively for registration into the Summer 2020 Police Academy Boot Camp. You must be on track to be finished with all prerequisite courses or degree by the end of the Summer 2020 semester in order to enroll into CJ 164. Enrollment after completing this form is not guaranteed. Submitting the form before your eligibility date, failure to pay your tuition by the deadline, and errors on the form may delay or keep you from being enrolled. Classes have a maximum capacity and enrollment is done first come, first served.

You may begin registering for all on the following days (begins at 8:00am):

12+ Earned credits - March 10

0-11 Earned credits - March 17

Open Enrollment - March 19

To register for CJ 164, please complete the form. Once you complete the form, please be patient. Please allow for 48 hours for the course to appear on your GRCC Online Center summer schedule. Our department will also send you a confirmation email that you have been enrolled in the class.

Academic Requirements

You must either complete the prerequisite classes at GRCC, or transfer an Associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university AND take CJ 164.

The prerequisite classes must be passed and completed by August of the start of the academy. You must have an overall GPA of 2.0 to be eligible for the Police Academy.

General Education Courses

  • English & Communication
    EN 101 English Composition-1
    COM 131 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
    COM 135 Interpersonal Communication
  • Humanities
    Humanities Elective (min. of 3)
  • Social Sciences
    Social Science Elective (min. of 3)
  • Natural Science & Mathematics
    Natural Science OR Math Elective (min. of 3)

Program Courses

  • CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 111 Criminology
  • CJ 122 Spanish for Criminal Justice
  • CJ 164 Police Academy Boot Camp

Criminal History

You cannot have any felonies on your record, including adult expungements. Misdemeanor crimes will be discussed on a case-by-case situation. Law Enforcement demands people with a strong moral character.


You must be at a physical fitness level sufficiently high enough to pass the pre-enrollment physical agility test. Do not take your fitness level for granted. You must prepare for this test. To check out the test details, go to MCOLES, Physical fitness test. Testing dates will be available with the application packet in May.

More Information

Please take a look at our frequently asked questions document for more information about our Police Academy!

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