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Law Enforcement Recruit Academy application deadline April 30

April 4, 2018

Nicolet College will hold a Law Enforcement Recruit Academy June 4 to Oct. 12 for individuals interested in starting a career in law enforcement.

Classes will typically run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday on the Nicolet Campus, one mile south of Rhinelander on Hwy. G.

Students in Scenario trainingApplication deadline is Monday, April 30.

On Friday, May 4, applicants will go through a mandatory interview process at Nicolet. This will be followed by a mandatory fitness test the following day, Saturday, May 5, at Rhinelander High School. Cost for the fitness test is $25, payable the day of the test.

The academy is open to anyone who has at least 28 college credits in any field. Applicants to the academy will have to pass the oral interview, criminal background check, a physical, and the physical readiness test.

The 720-plus hours of instruction will include lectures and hands-on scenario training covering numerous areas of law enforcement. These include professional communication, emergency vehicle operation, emergency medical response, tactical skills, traffic and patrol procedures, investigations, and defense and arrest tactics. Graduates will also be proficient in firearms, radar, and field sobriety testing.

Upon completion of the 18-week academy, graduates will be eligible to go before the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board to become certified to work in law enforcement in the state. Graduates commonly secure employment with municipal police departments or county sheriff’s offices.

Many recruits entering the academy are graduates of Nicolet College’s two-year Criminal Justice associate degree program. From 2013 to 2017, every graduate, 100 percent, reported they were satisfied or very satisfied with the program at Nicolet. Oftentimes they cited the quality of instruction as the reason.

“You look across the Northwoods and you find many, many Nicolet graduates having successful careers in law enforcement,” said Tim Gerdmann, Academy director and Criminal Justice Services specialist at Nicolet.

For more information about the academy or Nicolet’s Criminal Justice associate’s degree program, contact Gerdmann at (715) 365-4535, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4535, or by email at