Police Officer Training Academy Holds Informational Sessions



Community members interested in training for a career in law enforcement are encouraged to attend one of several upcoming information sessions about Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Police Officer Training Academy. The next training academy begins August 20. Applications are due May 15.

Director of Kalamazoo Valley’s Law Enforcement Training Center Paul Bianco will provide an overview of the 16-week training program. He will review information for pre-service graduates, cost and fee structure, academy rules and regulations as well as Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES), curriculum and physical fitness tips.

Information sessions will be held:

Monday, February 26 10-11 a.m.

Wednesday, February 28 6-7 p.m.

Thursday, March 1 2-3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13 10-11 a.m.

Tuesday, March 13 6-7 p.m.

The one-hour sessions will be held at the Law Enforcement Training Center on Kalamazoo Valley’s Groves Campus located at 7107 Elm Valley Drive, Kalamazoo, Mich., in the Auditorium, Room A1020.

According to Director Bianco, graduates from the Police Officer Training Academy enjoy the highest employment rate in the state. A total of 92 percent of alumni are employed in the field, compared to a statewide average of 69 percent. More than 2,400 men and women have graduated from Kalamazoo Valley’s Police Officer Training Academy in the program’s 46 year history (1972-2018)

“Kalamazoo Valley’s Police Officer Training Academy is recognized as one of the leading police training facilities in the region, consistently graduating high achievers,” Bianco said. “Anyone thinking about a career in law enforcement is encouraged to come and learn more about our program.”

The information sessions are free and open to the public but registration is required. RSVP to the Police Academy Team at pbianco@kvcc.edu or call 269.353.1260, 269.353.1280 or 269.353.1261.