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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


MCOLES Physical Fitness Test


The MCOLES physical fitness test consists of four separate events: vertical jump, sit-ups, push-ups, and a ½ mile shuttle run. The cost to take the test will be no more than $45.00. Candidates should contact the test site directly to register for the physical fitness pre-enrollment test. See test site links below.

Official notification of the test results will be given to the candidate on the day of the test. The results will be on an official form and the score will be reported as PASS or FAIL.

The physical fitness test must be taken no sooner than 180 days before the beginning of the training academy session.Tests are offered only at training academies which are under Commission supervision. Other forms of fitness testing will not be accepted, although applicants are encouraged to practice the events prior to testing at an official site. Law enforcement agencies are encouraged to use the fitness testing as a pre-screening device prior to sending their applicants to an official MCOLES test.

To sign up for a physical fitness test, you must contact the agency directly. Each agency is responsible for registering its applicants. Click on the "Test Schedule" link below to view contact information, test locations, and dates.

MCOLES Pre-Enrollment Physical Fitness

Test Schedule

To participate in the Pre-Enrollment Physical Fitness Test, candidates must bring the following items:

  • A signed Physician's Health Screening Form
  • Gym shorts and T-shirt or sweat suit
  • Gym shoes
  • Athletic supporter (males), or bra (females)
  • Driver's license or other government-issued photo ID
  • $45--either exact change, or check written to Grand Rapids Community College

Candidates are required to pass all four events of the test. The official results notification may be presented to employing agencies or to recruit academies.

The minimum performance standards for the MCOLES physical fitness test are displayed below. The numbers in the tables represent the "cut score", or pass/fail point for each event. In order to pass the test, candidates must score at least the minimums listed in the tables on each of the four events.

Note how the tables are divided according to age and sex. When looking at the tables, be careful to select your individual performance category.


Age Group Vertical Jump Sit-Ups Push-Ups ½-Mile
Shuttle Run
18-29 17.5 32 30 4:29.6
30-39 16.0 30 30 4:38.2
40 + 15.0 30 28 4:54.7


Age Group Vertical Jump Sit-Ups Push-Ups ½-Mile
Shuttle Run
18-29 11.0 28 7 5:35.4
30-39 9.0 19 7 5.59.1
40 + 8.0 18 7 6:13.3