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Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement 520 Academy
Program Code: 30-504-1

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Technical Diploma: 520 hours, 16 Credits
Appleton Campus, Not Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

As a law enforcement officer, you are responsible for the preservation of law and order. Your duties typically include traffic crash investigations, traffic direction and control, crime prevention, investigation of crime, vehicle patrols, and assistance to the public.

Program Description

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This 520-hour training is specifically designed for potential law enforcement officers in need of meeting Wisconsin (Wis.) certification requirements. Annually Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) offers three full-time academies. The competency-based instruction meets the criteria set forth by the Wis. Dept. of Justice, Law Enforcement Standards Bureau (LESB) and is delivered to you through 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.

Please call Jessica Heimann at (920) 735-4773 for more information.

Entry Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Law Enforcement Academy must possess a two-year associate degree from a Wis. technical college or its accredited equivalent from another state, OR a minimum of 60 fully accredited college-level credits.

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.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, you will meet the basic requirements for employment as a Wis. law enforcement officer; demonstrate the basic competency proficiency skills required for performance as an entry law enforcement officer; become certifiable to be employed in the law enforcement profession; and complete the academy with a 32-hour capstone testing process which will evaluate your competencies in scenario-based situations. The department will receive a strength and weakness assessment on each student which is linked to a field training model.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Contact Us

For more information, contact the Criminal Justice Department at (920) 735-4773.

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program