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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2024-04-05T09:39:50-05:00
Where are you located?2024-04-05T09:16:28-05:00

We are located in Wilson Hall on the backside of the Missouri Western State University campus. If you enter the university’s main entrance from Mitchell Avenue, you will follow the circle drive all the way around campus until you are near the football stadium. We will be right across from the Baker Fitness Center.

What are your office hours?2024-04-05T09:17:10-05:00

Our administrative office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 4:30PM. Please call or email to make an appointment to meet with a staff member.

How long is the full-time academy?2024-04-05T09:17:43-05:00

We have two full-time academy classes each year, running from January to June, and July to December.

How long is the part-time academy?2024-04-05T09:20:04-05:00

The new part-time academy schedule is pending changes, it typically runs between 10-12 months.

How much does the academy cost?2024-04-05T09:20:59-05:00

The cost for the academy is approximately $6,120.

Note: These are the July 2023 – June 2024 rates. Tuition and fees for the Law Enforcement Academy are set at a fixed rate at the beginning of the class. Rate changes go into effect with the first state date after the approved change.

What are the education requirements of the academy?2024-04-05T09:22:45-05:00

Peace officers must obtain 24 hours of yearly Continuing Law Enforcement Education (CLEE), with at least 8 of the 24 coming from an “Approved Provider” of training. Of these 24 hours, officer must obtain a minimum of:

  • 2 hours in Legal Studies
  • 2 hours in Technical Studies
  • 2 hours in Interpersonal Perspectives
  • 2 hours of Skill Development in the area of Firearms
  • 16 hours of Electives (Any of the above listed core curricula areas)
  • 1 hour of Racial Profiling training
  • 1 hour of Implicit Bias training
  • 1 hour of De-escalation training

Racial Profiling, Implicit Bias, and De-escalation training are part of the 24 hours, not in addition to it.

For more information: Department of Public Safety – Continuing Law Enforcement Education Requirements (

How do I apply to the academy?2024-04-05T09:25:10-05:00

You will fill out the online application here, and then you will provide us with your academy documents and supporting documents.

You will also be required to apply as a student at Missouri Western State University. You can either apply as a non-degree seeing-personal enrichment student, or as a degree-seeking student. If you are currently enrolled as a student, then you will not need to reapply.

Does the academy qualify for college credits?2024-04-05T09:29:08-05:00

Yes, you will earn 18 credit hours.

Will I earn a college degree?2024-04-05T09:29:39-05:00

No, upon successful completion of the academy, you will earn 18 credit hours that you can use toward completing an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree. Please schedule an appointment with an advisor in your respected department to discuss completing the degree requirements.

Is the academy covered by financial aid?2024-04-05T09:30:05-05:00

Yes, if you qualify for financial aid, you can use it towards the academy. Please visit our financial aid section for more information.