PUBLIC SAFETY POLICE ACADEMY
Public safety combines the responsibilities of a law enforcement officer and a firefighter. Primary duties include the prevention, suppression and investigation of fires; providing first response in medical emergencies; and all the duties of a law enforcement officer.
KCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety degree is similar to the Law Enforcement degree program with the addition of certification in Fire Fighter I and II. Students with this certification are allowed to waive the CRJU 101 and CRJU 221 requirements of the Law Enforcement degree.
Individuals who wish to pursue a Public Safety degree from KCC are required to follow the Public Safety Program map below and must possess their state certification in Fire Fighter I and II. This certification can be obtained through any Michigan Fire Fighter Training Council approved course. This certification should be transferred in prior to the start of KCC’s Police Academy.
For more information about Public Safety studies at KCC, see:
- Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety
- Approved Fire Fighter Training Council courses
- Current Police Academy cost breakdown
- KCC’s Public Safety Degree Advising Guide
Below are sample schedules of a KCC Police Academy session, broken up by the fall and spring semesters.
- View sample fall Semester Police Academy schedule
- View sample spring Semester Police Academy schedule
Advising & Transfer
Students who have completed coursework at another institution may be able to transfer those credits to KCC to meet the degree requirements for the Public Safety degree.
View transfer guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact Academic Advising at 269-965-4124 or [email protected] to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.
Police Academy Application Forms & More
Police Academy Application Forms
Students should not complete KCC’s Police Academy application until they are sure they meet the requirements to start the Police Academy portion of the Public Safety degree. The general education courses do not require this application. Students unsure about whether or not they are ready to apply should contact KCC’s Criminal Justice Office at 269-660-7703.
2022-23 Police Academy Application Instructions
Please review all instructions before completing the application.
- Police Academy Application Instructions
- Police Academy Application MCOLES Licensing Standards
- Police Academy Application MCOLES Pre-Enrollment Fitness Test Instructions
- Police Academy Application MCOLES Reading and Writing Test Instructions
2022-23 Police Academy Application Forms
All forms below should be downloaded and returned as part of your application packet. NOTE: These documents are best viewable on Adobe Reader (get.adobe.com/reader). It is best to download the forms to your desktop and then open them. If you complete forms in your web browser, the data may not save.
- Police Academy Application Applicant Checklist
- Police Academy Application MCOLES Personal History Statement
- Police Academy Application Background Supplementation
- Police Academy Application MCOLES Physician’s Health Screening Form
- Police Academy Application Fitness Test Application
- Police Academy Application SOS Driving Record Request
- Police Academy Application MFR Disclaimer
Public Safety Careers
Completing KCC’s Public Safety degree will prepare students to become certifiable as police officers in Michigan. Graduates will be eligible to apply to departments where police and fire services are combined.
Once employed, the public safety officer will have many opportunities for advancement or to become involved in specialized units. Officers may serve as criminal investigators, crime laboratory technicians, neighborhood liaison officers or K9 handlers, or work in fire service, fire prevention and training or other specialized units. Current job postings can be found online at michigan.gov/mcoles.
Possible job areas/titles for graduates with an education in public safety include:
- Deputy sheriff
- Police officer
- Public safety officer
- Tribal police
Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info
For the latest employment and wage estimates for public safety careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.
Why Study Public Safety at KCC?
Besides offering a schedule that appeals to those who are currently employed or who have additional responsibilities that would prohibit them from attending a full-time police academy, KCC offers a learning environment that promotes adult learning, problem-solving, critical thinking and service-learning. All KCC instructors are subject matter experts and are currently working in the field or are retired from it.
KCC also offers students the use of advanced training technology, including a MILO shooting simulator, two driving simulators and a skid car. This technology allows students to engage in hands-on training similar to that which they may experience in the field.
MILO Shooting Simulator
KCC’s MILO Shooting simulator provides students the ability to use their training to practice use-of-force and shoot/don’t-shoot scenarios within a safe and controlled environment. The MILO system uses two Glock-style handguns equipped with lasers, a taser, pepper spray and long-gun attachments. Common scenarios include patrol operations, active shooter, domestic violence and more.
KCC’s two driving simulators mimic a full-view driving course, with one designed similar to a Ford Taurus and the other as a Dodge Charger. These simulators allow students the ability to learn safe maneuvers in a controlled environment.
KCC’s skid car is a Dodge Charger equipped with a skid-car hydraulic attachment. This attachment allows the driver to experience high-speed reactions at lower, safer speeds. The hydraulic system is controlled by the evaluator, who is also in the vehicle during the training. The system mimics skid conditions such as those experienced while driving in snow, ice and other potentially hazardous road conditions.