Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement 520 Academy
Technical Diploma (TD)
Not Financial Aid Eligible
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This program is specifically designed for those with a minimum of 60 accredited college-level credits who seek to meet Wisconsin certification requirements as a law enforcement officer. In this role, you will be responsible for the preservation of law and order in your community. You’ll learn how to investigate traffic crashes, as well as direct and control traffic. Your training will also include crime prevention, crime investigation, vehicle patrols and assisting the public. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice your skills with hands-on training and scenario-based field simulations.
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Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement 520 Academy
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- Think critically.
- Manage emergencies.
- Communicate effectively.
- Demonstrate professionalism.
- Conduct investigations.
- Interact with others.
- Demonstrate tactical skills (applies to Certification Track only).
Online applications are not accepted for this program. Please contact Enrollment Services at 920-735-5645 or [email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) for instructions about the paper application process.
You will need to complete a criminal background check for this program. Wisconsin statutes prohibit individuals convicted of felony offenses from being certified as sworn law enforcement officers.
This 520-hour training is specifically designed for potential law enforcement officers in need of meeting Wisconsin certification requirements. The competency-based instruction meets the criteria set forth by the Wis. Dept. of Justice, Law Enforcement Standards Bureau (LESB) and is a combination of lecture, multimedia, interactive group discussion, hands-on instruction, and field simulation scenario based exercises. All full-time academy classes are conducted at FVTC's Criminal Justice Division in Appleton, Wis. Some of your training will take place outdoors, and in the evening hours and weekends, to simulate actual conditions.
**Additional DOJ Requirements:**
- Be at least 18 years of age and a United States citizen, and complete form DJ-LE-322, Birth Certificate Verification, to provide verification of age and citizenship.
- Possess a valid Wis. driver's license or other such valid operator's permit recognized by the Wis. Dept. of Transportation as authorizing operation of a motor vehicle.
- Complete an oral interview with a panel of criminal justice executives or with teaching or counseling staff.
- Undergo a criminal history records check conducted by training school staff. An unpardoned felony conviction or misdemeanor crime of domestic violence conviction will prohibit employment as a law enforcement officer.
- Undergo a physical assessment. A physical assessment shall be conducted to verify that the applicant can meet the physical standards required of the position. The assessment shall be conducted by a licensed physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner, utilizing the Physician's Assessment form (DJ-LE-332), or a form similar to DJ-LE-332, which provides the physician with a job description on which to base the assessment.
- Complete form DJ-LE-327, Application for Enrollment - Basic Law Enforcement, Jail or Secure Detention Officer Training
- Complete form DJ-LE-310, Student Authorization for Release of Information.
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