Law Enforcement Academy

Thinking about becoming a police officer?

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.


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.