Law Enforcement Academy

  • child-abuse-conference

    Child Abuse: Education, Prevention and Investigation

    April 14, 15 & 16, 2015

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    Thinking about becoming a police officer?

    Request an information packet from the academy.

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  • forensic

    Forensic Courses

    Three intensive courses offered for graduate, undergraduate or noncredit: Basic Crime Scene Investigation, Basic Forensic Pathology and Death Investigation, and Human Remains: Search, Recovery and Identification.

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The Missouri Western State University Law Enforcement Academy is certified by the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Peace Officer's Standards and Training Commission.

The academy exceeds the State of Missouri's minimum basic training requirements for peace officer certification and results in eligibility for a POST certificate.

Two academies are offered: a full-time, day academy and a part-time, evening academy.

Area police agencies recruit from this program.


Graduate Testimonial

"When I decided to make a career change and enter law enforcement I was unsure of how to go about it. Someone recommended that I look into your academy and I am very glad that I did. The training I received there has helped me to not only land an excellent job, but has allowed me to thrive in my career. I have had 28 DUI arrests so far this fiscal year, as well as other major arrests, and have been praised many times by my sergeant, command staff, and the prosecutor in my area on how well written my reports are. Several veteran officers have told me they will occasionally use one of my reports as a guide for writing their own. I give full credit to Col. Puett for the caliber of reports I have been able to write. I know that his report writing classes are often dreaded by the cadets, but what I learned from him has been a big key to any success I have had so far. In the area I work most of the officers have attended an academy located in Kansas City. Most of these officers are very proud of having attended there and often act as if they are somehow better trained because of it. I proudly tell them that I would put my training against theirs any day. Of course, it's all in good fun; we are a team, but if I had to do it all over again I would not hesitate to go back to the MWSU Law Enforcement Academy. I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the staff and instructors at your academy."
— Jerry Deering


See what it's like to be a part of the academy:
  • Professor Kip Wilson teaches a law enforcement academy class how to properly dust for fingerprints. Professor Kip Wilson teaches a law enforcement academy class how to properly dust for fingerprints. Professor Kip Wilson teaches a law enforcement academy class how to properly dust for fingerprints.
  • Missouri Western police academy students studying during class. Missouri Western police academy students studying during class. Missouri Western police academy students studying during class.
  • Law Enforcement Academy cadets prepare for a workout in the Looney Complex. Law Enforcement Academy cadets prepare for a workout in the Looney Complex. Law Enforcement Academy cadets prepare for a workout in the Looney Complex.
  • Cadets run during a conditioning workout at the police academy. The workouts help prepare cadets to pass the physical fitness standards test. Cadets run during a conditioning workout at the police academy. The workouts help prepare cadets to pass the physical fitness standards test. Cadets run during a conditioning workout at the police academy. The workouts help prepare cadets to pass the physical fitness standards test.
  • Law enforcement academy cadets salute the flag during a flag lowering ceremony. Law enforcement academy cadets salute the flag during a flag lowering ceremony. Law enforcement academy cadets salute the flag during a flag lowering ceremony.
  • Missouri Western law enforcement academy instructor Kip Wilson demonstrates how to properly dust for fingerprints. Missouri Western law enforcement academy instructor Kip Wilson demonstrates how to properly dust for fingerprints. Missouri Western law enforcement academy instructor Kip Wilson demonstrates how to properly dust for fingerprints.