Becoming a Michigan Law Enforcement Officer
Have you thought about becoming a police officer? Do you desire to make a difference by protecting others and our homeland? Not sure if you have what it takes or how to enter the process? We invite you to submit the Statement of Interest Form found on this page and attend an Academy Orientation meeting to obtain additional information.
About Michigan Law Enforcement Academies
You may have heard the terms police academy, basic police school, police recruit school, or regional training academy. In Michigan, all of these terms refer to the same training process. You must complete a Basic Training School that is sanctioned and under contract with the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). There are academies throughout the state and Mott Community College is proud to be one of the locations selected to provide this training.
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About the Mott Community College Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy
The Mott Community College Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy (LERTA) is under the authority of the Executive Director Theresa Stephens-Lock of the Mott Community College Department of Public Safety. The Department is a full-service police agency.
The home of LERTA is the Mott Community College - Southern Lakes Branch Center located at 2100 W. Thompson Rd, Fenton, MI 48430. The Academy Director is Lt. James Malcolm. The Academy holds two sessions each year, which coincide with the fall and winter semesters.
Steps to Academy Admittance
- Review the MCOLES Minimum Requirements for Law Enforcement Officers at www.michigan.gov/mcoles/0,4607,7-229-41624---,00.html.
If after review you believe that you meet the criteria, proceed to the next step. If you have questions, call the Academy Director at (810) 410-1900.
- Select a date to attend one of the LERTA Orientation Sessions.
Topics to be discussed include:
- The Employment Standards for Michigan Law Enforcement Officers as published by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards
- Academy admittance standards for pre-service, agency employed recruits and others
- The Academy Application for Admittance, required paperwork and documentation which includes:
- Pre-Test Documentation
- Reading & Writing Test
- Physical Fitness Test
- Citizenship Documentation
- Education Documentation
- Finger Printing / Drug Testing
- Personal History Statement
- Medical Forms and Documentation
- The Academy Cost Sheet
- Complete and submit all required paper work and a $75.00 processing fee at least 40 days prior to the start date of the Academy.
PLEASE NOTE: For enrollment into the 2013 FALL ACADEMY session, applications must be submitted by Friday, June 15, 2013.
- Participate in an oral interview.
- If accepted for attendance, register for the Academy (fees are due at the time of registration).