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Police Academy

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 January 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
    Select two of the following courses.
    EN 100 College Writing
    EN 101 English Composition-1
    EN 102 English Composition-2
  • Social Science
    PS 110 Survey of American Government
  • Natural Science & Mathematics
    Lab Science Elective (min. of 4)
    Lab/Non-Lab Science (min. of 3)
  • Wellness
    *CJ 165 Police Physical Training

Program Courses

  • CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 111 Criminology
  • CJ 122 Spanish for Criminal Justice
  • CJ 164 Police Academy Boot Camp
    *CJ 281 Law Enforcement Internship 1

*Program Notes
CJ 165 Police Physical Training & CJ 281 Law Enforcement Internship are teken while attending the Police Academy.

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 July.

2016 Police Academy Information

If you are interested in the 2016 Police Academy, be sure to 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 2015)
  • Fees, etc.

Informational meeting dates and times (meeting last one hour):

  • Thursday, April 9, 2015; 10:30am
  • Monday, April 13, 2015; 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015; 12:00pm

Meetings are held at the:

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