Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Academy

For Pre-service Students Only

720 Hour Police Academy

Watch a video about our Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Academy program.

WCTC's Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Academy prepares you to become certified as a law enforcement officer and enhances your ability to get hired with a law enforcement agency. You will build upon your previous classroom knowledge through additional training in topics like defense and arrest tactics, emergency vehicle operation, firearms, and vehicle contacts.

The Academy runs 18 weeks. Admission is restricted to those who qualify under Wisconsin Department of Justice administrative rules. Candidates must possess at least 60 college credits, undergo a criminal history and driver record check, successfully complete a medical examination by a licensed health care provider and participate in a personal screening interview. Recruits are responsible for the cost of a weapon, magazines and other related duty gear in addition to tuition and study materials.

Students are Required to Furnish

  • Firearms (recommend 9mm, 40 cal., or 45 cal. semi-auto, double action)
  • Two spare magazines for automatic pistols (3 total)
  • Pistol cleaning kit
  • Eye protection for shooting
  • Muff style ear protection for shooting
  • Mouth guard
  • Duty belt with holster, magazine holders, belt keepers, handcuff case and tactical handcuff key
  • Black tactical boots or black cross training shoes
  • Laptop computer

Entrance Requirements for Pre-Service Students

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be of good moral character
  • Have achieved at least 60 fully accredited college credits
  • Possess a valid Wisconsin driver's license or other such valid operator’s permit recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as authorizing operation of a motor vehicle
  • Successfully complete a physical readiness test
  • Complete a criminal history records check
  • Complete a DJ-LE 327 Academy Application form
  • Complete an oral interview with a panel
  • Undergo FBI fingerprinting (only done if accepted in Academy)
  • Undergo a medical assessment (only done if accepted in Academy)

How to Apply to the Academy

Part One: Physical Readiness Test

The test will be conducted at YMCA of Waukesha (View the entrance and exit physical fitness standards) Test results are only good for 6 months so don't schedule the assessment more than 180 days from the start date of the academy.

  • Contact the YMCA business office at 262.542.2557 to set up an appointment. You will pay the $50 fee over the phone.  Should you not pass, you can schedule another appointment for another day, and are required to pay another fee.
  • Bring the following to your appointment:
  • Upon completion of the test YMCA staff will forward passing results only to WCTC
  • WCTC will prepare a certificate of successful completion and email it to you within two (2) weeks
  • This certificate is required for your WI Police Academy application packet

Part Two: Complete an Application Packet

Mail the following required documents prior to the application deadline (late applications will not be accepted) to:

Jodi R. Crozier, Academy Director
WCTC – Recruit Academy
800 Main Street S-122
Pewaukee, WI 53072

  • Copy of driver's license
  • Official college transcripts (if sending from an outside vendor, please put Attn: Jodi Crozier)
  • Copy of high school diploma and high school transcripts
  • Copy of your Physical Readiness Test Certificate (PRT)
  • Print completed DJ-LE 327 Application for enrollment in training

Email the following required documents prior to the application deadline (late applications will not be accepted) to:

Maureen Ashenfelter
WCTC – Recruit Academy

Do not include any other items, except for those mentioned above and do not answer questions in section 6 of the application packet. Handwritten documents not accepted. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or accepted.

Completed applications will be reviewed and those chosen will be invited to interview with a panel of criminal justice executives. Those accepted in the program will be notified approximately 5-6 weeks prior to the start of training. If accepted to the academy, you will also need to complete a medical assessment and undergo a FBI fingerprint check.