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Police Academy: Related Info

Degrees & Certificates offered:

Police Academy Certificate Program

MCC - Blue River, Public Safety Institute Contacts:
Rusty Sullivan, 816.604.6700
Doug Thompson, 816.604.6696
Gary Hacker, 816.604.6738
Blue River PSI, 816.604.6700

Application Process

Degree and Certificates Awarded

  • A.A.S: Criminal Justice - Police Science
  • Certificate: Police Science

Application Process

Required Before Applying to the Police Academy

  • To apply to the Police Academy you must complete the following pre-requisites.  Both must be completed before applying to the program. 
    • Be a current MCC student. 
    • Go to to apply
    • Complete the English Requirement which is based on the Placement Test or ACT scores, you must place into the following MCC classes or successfully complete the required prerequisite courses prior to beginning the program:
      • Reading – READ 100 or higher
      • English – ENGL 101
      • If taken at another university, upload an unofficial transcript and request an official to be sent to the college.

 If requirements have been met.

        Meet with the Public Safety Institute.

  • The Public Safety Institute is located on the Blue River Campus in the Public Safety building.  Our hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm. 

After completion of the Application

        After you complete the application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview with the Chief of Training for the Police Academy (please dress in appropriate interview attire).

For questions, please call 816-604-6700 or email

To complete the application you will need your MCC Student ID Number and password.


All applicants must meet the following MCC prerequisite guidelines before completing a Police Academy application:

  • Must be at least 20 years of age (NOTE: You must be at least 21 years old to take the POST exam and be an officer in the state of Missouri);

  • Must have graduated from high school or have a GED with transcripts;

  • Must have an active MCC student ID number (go to to apply);

  • Must complete placement test unless a college-level English course has been satisfactorily completed. Students must place into the following areas or successfully complete the required prerequisite courses prior to beginning the program:

          Reading - READ 100 or higher
          English - ENGL 101
         Any writing or reading deficiency must be remediated prior to Academy enrollment.

Academy Schedule

Day Police Academy/Certificate:

  • A one-semester, full-time day academy, offered in January and in August.  The January Academy graduates in May and the August Academy graduates in December.  The hours for the full-time Academies are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Night Academy/Certificate:

  • A two-semester, part-time academy, designed primarily for the working adult, offered once each year in August.  Hours for the part-time academy are Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and some Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.   The Saturday is typically two Saturdays on and one Saturday off.

  • For the Spring 2018 semester beginning in January, we are offering an accelerated night/weekend Academy. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., plus some Saturdays. Saturday hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This Academy will run approximately six-and-a-half months.


 Handcuffing.  Wielding the baton.  Conducting a homicide or meth lab investigation.  Interviewing techniques.  CPR.  Effective supervisory practices.

These are just some of the hundreds of skills taught at the MCC-Blue River Public Safety Institute as part of the Police Academy Certificate program.  Since 1995, the Academy has provided certified training as set forth by the Missouri Department of Public Safety/POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training), the regulatory agency which is responsible for the licensure of peace officers in the state of Missouri.

To assure effective learning, our peace officer curriculum provides both lecture-based and hands-on instruction, including live weapons fire at our firing range, physical and defensive tactics drills as well as scenario training, so each recruit can experience what it is really like out in the field.  

For in-vehicle driving practice, an advanced emergency vehicle driving course at our Precision Driving Center (PDC), located just east of the main Blue River campus, provides a combination of urban and highway driving scenarios.  The PDC also features a skid pad where recruits can master high-performance skid control techniques.

All MCC-Blue River Police Academy instructors are either currently employed in or recently retired from active law enforcement.  Each one is highly regarded in his or her area of expertise and brings real-world training to the classroom.

Last Modified: 6/1/18