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Police Academy

Virtual Police Academy Information Sessions

Are you interested in learning more about GRCC's Police Academy? 

Please join us for our 2021 GRCC Police Academy Information Meetings.

  • Tuesday, January 26 at 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 9 at noon
  • Friday, February 12 at 1 p.m.

We will be conducting these virtual via Zoom. Please know the meeting is not mandatory, but a way for us to connect with you and provide you with more information. All information sessions will be one hour long. Register for an information session.

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.

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.

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.

Off-Campus Requirement

The classes for Firearms and Emergency Vehicle Operations are both within 10 miles of GRCC's campus. Both classes are required for the Police Academy program. Students are responsible for their own transportation and any cost associated with it. Firearms will be 10 days between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday) during one semester of the academy. Emergency Vehicle Operations will be one weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) for 8 hours each day during the semester opposite of Firearms. 

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

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