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. 

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!

You should attend ONE of the informational meetings to find out more about the:

• Michigan standards to become a police officer

• Academic requirements

• Application process

• Selection process

• Academy schedule

• Mandatory: CJ 164 Police Academy Boot Camp (Summer 2020)

• Fees, etc.

Informational Meeting Dates and Times (meetings last one hour):

Tuesday, January 21, 2020; 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020; 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020; 1:00 p.m.

Meetings are held at the:

Police Academy Classroom, 208 Sneden Hall
GRCC DeVos Campus
435 Fulton Street, E., Grand Rapids MI 49503


GRCC Licensure Pass Rates 2007-2018