Police Academy Application Deadline Extended



The deadline to enroll in the next Police Academy at Kalamazoo Valley Community College has been extended to June 12. Classes begin on August 5 and graduation takes place on Nov. 19, 2013.

Larry Belen, Director of the Kalamazoo Law Enforcement Training Center at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, said job prospects for academy graduates are excellent. “This is a 17-week academy which is extremely intensive, but the work pays off as the placement rate over the last eight years stands at approximately ninety percent.”

Belen said enrollment in the Academy has been steady, but he has extended the deadline from May 22 to June 12 to encourage more participation.

Michigan law requires county and municipal law-enforcement officers to be licensed by the state before they can enforce laws. Licensing is obtained by meeting the minimum enrollment requirements, completing the basic training requirements established by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES), and obtaining employment with a Michigan police agency.

Among the basic requirements to be a law-enforcement officer in Michigan are: U. S. citizenship

At least 18 years old

No prior felony convictions, including expunged convictions

Possess good moral character as determined by a favorable comprehensive background investigation covering school and employment records, home environment, and personal traits and integrity. Consideration will be given to all law violations, including traffic and conservation-law convictions, as possibly indicating lack of good moral character.

Possess normal hearing, normal color vision, and normal visual functions and acuity in each eye correctable to 20/20

Be free from impediments of the senses, be physically sound, be in possession of all extremities, and be well developed physically, with height and weight in relation to each other as indicated by accepted medical standards

Be free from physical defects, chronic diseases, organic diseases, organic functional conditions, or mental or emotional instabilities that may tend to impair the efficient performance of a law-enforcement officer’s duties or that might endanger the lives of others or the officer.

Possess a valid Michigan vehicle-operator’s license

Candidates must pass the MCOLES pre-service physical-agility test and reading and writing test. Test information can be found at www.mcoles.org. Physical agility testing must be completed no more than 180 days prior to beginning the police academy.

Go to www.kvcc.edu/police for more information or contact Jennifer Woodstock, Law Enforcement Training Center Assistant, 269.353.1260.