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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Law Enforcement, AAS

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Program Description

Code 255 - 62-65 Credits

Law enforcement personnel are responsible for conscientiously and ethically preserving order in a community. They resolve conflict, provide emergency services, identify criminal activity and offenders, investigate traffic violations and accidents, and protect constitutional guarantees in a culturally and economically diverse society. Graduates who successfully complete the police academy and pass the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) Certification Examination will be deemed “certifiable.” After becoming certified, the candidate will then have one year to obtain employment with a law enforcement agency within the State of Michigan. It is the hiring agency’s responsibility to activate the candidate’s certification, thus certifying them as a Licensed Law Enforcement Officer. The pre-service recruit who does not obtain employment within the designated time frame qualifies for MCOLES Recognition of Prior Training and Experience (RPTE) Program. Passing the RPTE adds an additional year for the pre-service candidate to become licensed.

Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards

The Kellogg Community College Police Academy is an approved pre-service training academy by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES)


Students begin the program of study with two (2) semester of general education courses. The final two semesters of the degree program are the Police Academy. Admission to the Police Academy is governed by state law. Applications are available beginning the first week of March. Students are responsible for the cost of the application process (approximately $300). Each academy has limited capacity. Applications are due by the last Friday in July unless an insufficient number of applications are received and seats remain to be filled. Police Academy students are required to purchase and wear uniform clothing. They must adhere to rules of behavior above and beyond the student code and achieve state-mandated attendance and grade requirements.

Application materials can be found at

Students who are transferring credit from a different institution, should refer to the Law Enforcement Advising Guides at for course equivalencies and/or substitutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the criminal justice system and how various interconnected agencies work to achieve human service through collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving.
  2. Demonstrate proper patrol techniques and acceptable practical skills as mandated by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.
  3. Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills and apply it to successfully conduct investigatory inquires, interviews, reports and testimony within the scope of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedures.
  4. Students will recognize common ethics-related situations while employed as a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) and employ discretion, empathy and sensitivity to multicultural and socioeconomic differences.

Required General Education Courses

All first-time KCC students must complete the FYS 101 - First-Year Seminar  course with a grade of C or higher.
See an Academic Advisor for course completion and/or any questions pertaining to the FYS course.

Required Professional Development Courses

Choose two (2) courses from the following:


For more Law Enforcement program information, see the program webpage:

To apply to the Law Enforcement program and begin mapping your course sequence, use this link to make an appointment with an academic advisor.

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