Law Enforcement Academy

The Southwest Tech 520-hour summer Law Enforcement Academy is designed for those seeking a law enforcement career in the State of Wisconsin. The instruction meets the criteria established by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Training and Standards Bureau.

Training is delivered via lecture, group discussion, hands-on exercises, and scenario participation. The training instructors are a combination of educators and active or retired law enforcement officers. All instructors meet certification standards established by the Training and Standards Board.

Entrance Requirements

  • Proof of High School graduation or GED/HSED completion
  • Be at least 18 years of age and a United States citizen
  • Have 60 college credits from an accredited college or university
  • Possess a valid Wisconsin driver's license
  • Complete the entrance requirements of training and standards
  • Complete application and pay $30 non-refundable application fee
  • Set up MySWTC account
  • Submit transcripts (high school or GED/HSED and college)
  • Meet with Academy Advisor
  • Register for classes and attend Academy orientation
  • NOTE: A conviction for a felony, domestic related offense, or certain misdemeanors will prevent admission to the academy.

The Application Process Requires:

  • A proof of a valid driver's license
  • A certified copy of your birth certificate
  • A copy of your college transcripts and high school diploma
  • Completion of the DJ-LE-327 Application For Enrollment Form
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship (birth certificate)
  • Southwest Tech Application with $30 fee
  • DJ-LE-332 Physician's Assessment Form provided to the academy director, at your own expense
  • Firearms release

Please contact Kris Wubben, the Southwest Tech Criminal Justice Coordinator, for an application packet. Applications are due mid-February for the next summer session. Contact the coordinator for exact deadlines.


The estimated cost for academy attendance is $2,900.00. This would include tuition for the following:

  • Policing in America (1 credit)
  • The Legal Context (2 credits)
  • Tactical Skills (3 credits)
  • Relational Skills (3 credits)
  • Patrol Procedures (4 credits)
  • Investigations (2 credits)
  • Emergency Medical Services (1 credit)
  • State established fee for scenario test week ($600.00)

Southwest Tech will supply the following equipment to be used by students during the Academy (must be turned in at the completion of the academy):

  • Duty belt with all necessary gear
  • Inert OC
  • Glock 4th generation 9mm firearm
  • Ballistic vest

Students will need to purchase uniforms and other minor supplies.

Food and Lodging

Food and lodging during the academy is the responsibility of the recruit. Students needing local housing may obtain this on the UW-Platteville campus or through Southwest Tech's Student Housing.

Curriculum Information