Law Enforcement Program
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
- St. Louis Community College - 6 credits
*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.
- International Academies of Emergency Dispatch Emergency Telecommunicator Certification
- 911 Dispatch
- Red Cross First Aid and AED Certification
- Multiple FEMA/Homeland Security certification courses
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
- Duty belts
- Evidence packaging materials
- 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
- Essentials of Criminal Justice, 11th edition
- Handbook for Law Enforcement Officers (Missouri Criminal Code)
- Light blue, short sleeve polo shirt
- Black tactical style (BDU) pants
- Black belt
- Black police/military style boots
- Physical training uniform (t-shirts, shorts, 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
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.