This is Law Enforcement

  • Course Description

    Police Academy training is conducted through an array of training exercises, crime scenarios, self-defense, and fitness training. Students will learn conflict mediation, resolution and investigation techniques, and be trained in the use of advanced law enforcement-related training equipment, including vehicles.

  • Prerequisites at the Time of Junior Year Enrollment

    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English, 1 must be science), on track to graduate.

  • Credits & Certifications Offered 

    High School Credit
    • 3 CTE Year One
    • 3 CTE Year Two
    College Credit
    • St. Louis Community College - 6 credits


    • International Academies of Emergency Dispatch Emergency Telecommunicator Certification
    • 911 Dispatch
    • Red Cross First Aid and AED Certification
    • CPR
    • Multiple FEMA/Homeland Security certification courses
    *College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
  • How Will My Time Be Spent? 

    Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time
    CTE Year One 26%-50% 26%-50%
    CTE Year Two 26%-50% 26%-50%
  • Tech is Real World Learning

    Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.

    Tools & Equipment

    • Training weapons
    • Handcuffs
    • Duty belts
    • Tweezers
    • Evidence packaging materials
    • Computers
    • Law enforcement "use of force" simulator
    • Police vehicle driving simulator
    • Emergency dispatch simulator
    • Police radios, PPE, flashlights, laser pointers, measuring devices
    • Camera, video recorder, GoPro

    Academic Materials

    • Essentials of Criminal Justice, 11th edition
    • Handbook for Law Enforcement Officers (Missouri Criminal Code)

    Uniform Requirements

    • Navy, short sleeve polo shirt
    • Khaki pants
    • Black belt
    • All-black athletic shoes or work boots
    • Physical training uniform (Light blue t-shirt, black shorts or sweatpants, athletic shoes)
  • Essential Skills Needed for Success

    Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.

    Core Essential Skills

    • Work under stress; ability to control temper and regulate emotions in stressful situations; resilience; strong coping skills

    • Tell when something is wrong or likely to go wrong

    • Integrity

    • Service oriented; desire to serve community

    • Attention to detail

    • Communicate information effectively with peers and instructor; public speaking

    • Strong report writing and reading skills; independent note taking skills

    • Able to perform basic physical exercises and is generally physically fit

    • Able to tolerate the loud sounds associated with law enforcement, such as sirens, bangs and yelling/vocalizations

    • Able to climb, lift, bend and handle taxing physical activity

    • Able to tolerate a law environment including high places, small spaces, extreme temperatures, and dirty environments

    For a complete list of essential skills please review the Course Overview Guide.