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.
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.
This program is designed to provide the credits and skills necessary for the MCOLES licensing exam which is taken at the end of the program. Graduates who wish to pursue law enforcement in other states should review the licensure requirements for each state.
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 Elective (min. of 3)
- Social Sciences
Social Science Elective (min. of 3)
- Natural Science & Mathematics
Natural Science OR Math Elective (min. of 3)
- CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice
- CJ 111 Criminology
- CJ 122 Spanish for Criminal Justice
- CJ 164 Police Academy Boot Camp
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.
Please take a look at our frequently asked questions document for more information about our Police Academy!