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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 taken 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 Application

Due by: August 13, 2015 after Boot Camp or August 14, 2015 no later than 0800 at
White Hall, 435 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI
Criminal Justice office located in the basement of White Hall

There are 3 Reading and Writing dates scheduled at GVSU if you want to take the test close to home. Please go to the MCOLES website to register. The dates are:

  • Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 0830-1200
  • Saturday, July 25, 2015- 0830-1200
  • Saturday, August 8, 2015- 0830-1200