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 and resolution, investigation techniques, and be trained in the use of advanced security 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
- 2 CTE and 1 Science 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.
- Missouri Law Enforcement Skills and Knowledge (MOLESK) Certification
- International Academies of Emergency Dispatch Emergency Telecommunicator Certification
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
- Forensic powders
- DNA swabs
- Evidence packaging materials
- Criminal Procedure Law and Practice
- Criminal Investigation, 10th ed., Missouri Criminal Statutes
- Light blue, short sleeve polo shirt
- Black tactical style (BDU) pants
- Black belt
- Black police/military style boots
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.
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Mr. Clarence Hines joined the SSD family in 2012 after he retirement from The St. Louis Police Department, where he retired as a Detective Sergeant. While on the police department, Mr. Hines worked primarily undercover narcotics and as an Academy Instructor. During his tenure, he was awarded 15 Commander’s Letters of Commendation for Excellence in Law Enforcement. Mr. Hines has a BA in Behavioral Science and Masters Degree in Theological Studies.