Law Enforcement Recruit

Law Enforcement Recruit

Technical Diploma

About the Law Enforcement Recruit Program

Nicolet College currently offers the 720 hour Law Enforcement Academy to those seeking a law enforcement career in the State of Wisconsin. Successful students will receive up to 32 associate's degree college credits.  Nicolet College’s Law Enforcement Academy delivers the criteria established by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Training, and Standards Bureau. The training instructors are a combination of educators and active or retired law enforcement officers. The training is delivered via lecture, group discussion, hands-on exercises, and scenario participation.

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Program Outline

Semester: 1
Course # Course Title Credits
1050470000 Introduction to Criminal Justice
Description

In this course, students will focus on the following Phase I key topics as addressed in the WI Department of Justice Academy 720 curriculum framework. Topics include: Academy Orientation, Fundamentals of Criminal Justice, Ethics, Cultural Competency, Agency Policy, and Professional Communication. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises. Corequisite(s): 10-504-701-00 Basic Patrol Response,10-504-902-00 Criminal Law.

3.00
1050470100 Basic Patrol Response
Description

Through classroom lecture, on-campus lab and WI Department of Justice integration activities students will learn and apply skills addressed in the following Department of Justice 720 Academy Phase I topics: Critical Thinking and Decision-Making, Basic Response (RESPOND), Radio Procedures, TraCS, Traffic Law Enforcement, and First Aid/CPR/AED. Corequisite(s): 10-504-700-00 Introduction to Criminal Justice,10-504-703-00 Basic Investigations.

3.00
1050470200 Basic Tactics
Description

In this course, students will learn and apply the skills from Phase I topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Fundamentals of Firearms, DAAT, Vehicle Contacts, Officer Wellness, and Physical Fitness. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, independent physical fitness activities, and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises Corequisite(s): 10-504-705-00 Advanced Tactics.

3.00
1050470300 Basic Investigations
Description

In this course, students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase I topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Constitutional Law, Crimes, Juvenile Law, Interviews, Report Writing, and Evidence. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises. Corequisite(s): 10-504-701-00 Basic Patrol Response.

3.00
1050470500 Advanced Tactics
Description

In this course, students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase II topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Physical Fitness, Defense and Arrest Tactics (DAAT), and Firearms II. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, and independent physical exercise. Corequisite(s): 10-504-702-00 Basic Tactics,10-504-706-00 Emergency Vehicle Response.

4.00
1050470600 Emergency Vehicle Response
Description

In this course, students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase II topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Emergency Vehicle Operation and Control (EVOC) and Vehicle Contacts II. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises. Corequisite(s): 10-504-705-00 Advanced Tactics,10-504-708-00 Physical Fitness.

2.00
1050470800 Physical Fitness
Description

In this Phase III course, students will apply Physical Fitness skills and Officer Wellness required by the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Students will apply learning in hands-on lab activities and an on campus physical fitness test/assessment. Corequisite(s): 10-504-706-00 Emergency Vehicle Response.

1.00
Semester: 2
Course # Course Title Credits
1050415000 Criminal Justice Practical Applications
Description

This class will enable associate degree students to successfully navigate the practical application of the knowledge and skills learned in the program. The course will be focused on the competencies based on the current Wisconsin DOJ training standards. It will prepare the student to successfully complete the practical skills portions of the AAS and 720 hour recruit program. Prerequisite(s): 1050470800 Physical Fitness (C or better).

1.00
1050470400 Intermediate Patrol Response
Description

In this course, students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase II topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Professional Communication Skills, Incident Command System and NIMS, Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Tactical Response, Crisis Management, and TECC. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises. Prerequisite(s): 1050470100 Basic Patrol Response (C or better). Corequisite(s): 10-504-709-00 Traffic Response.

3.00
1050470700 Intermediate Investigations
Description

In this course, students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase II topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Constitutional Law II, Crimes II, Domestics, and Report Writing. Student learning will occur through lecture and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises. Prerequisite(s): 1050470300 Basic Investigations (C or better). Corequisite(s): 10-504-710-00 Advanced Investigations.

3.00
1050470900 Traffic Response
Description

In this course, students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase III topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Traffic Law Enforcement - Core and Radar, Traffic Crash Investigations and Incident Management, Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), and Report Writing. Student learning will occur through lecture and on-campus lab activities. Prerequisite(s): 1050470200 Basic Tactics (C or better). Corequisite(s): 10-504-704-00 Intermediate Patrol Response.

3.00
1050471000 Advanced Investigations
Description

In this course, students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase III topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Ethics II: Moral Reasoning and Professional Responsibility, Cultural Competence II: Fair and Impartial Policing, Victims, Sexual Assault, Child Maltreatment, Interrogations, Testifying in Court, and Crimese. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises. Corequisite(s): 10-504-707-00 Intermediate Investigations.

3.00

At A Glance

Flexible Options

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On Campus

Approximate Cost

$4,294*

Financial Aid Eligible

*Based on 10-level courses - materials, books, and fees may be additional

Get Started

Your application can be submitted online, it takes just a few minutes to complete.

Application Process

  • April 30, 2019 - Applications must be received
  • May 10, 2019 - Potential recruits must attend a mandatory Interview on this date at Nicolet College, Birchwoods Center. Times will be assigned after the application has been accepted (students must earn a minimum score on the interview to continue with the application process).
  • May 11, 2019 - Potential recruits must also attend and successfully pass a mandatory fitness test on this date at 9 am, Rhinelander High School, $25.00 fee to cover testing cost payable day of test.  Please review the Physical Readiness Training Handbook. If you are unable to access documents here, please contact the Office of Compliance at mschur@nicoletcollege.edu or 715-365-4615.
  • June 3, 2019 - Academy Start Date
  • October 11, 2019 - Academy End Date

The Academy generally meets Monday - Thursday from 7 am to 5:30 pm at the Nicolet College Campus in Rhinelander, WI. Due to holidays and room availability days may change. To make our training as true to life as possible there will be several days where the class hours will be adjusted so low light/night conditions exist.

*Special arrangements (due to schedule conflicts with University Graduation etc) can be made by contacting the Academy Director at tgerdmann@nicoletcollege.edu or 715-365-4535.

 

Minimum Qualifications

Please verify that you have met the following minimum qualifications as set forth in Wisconsin State Statute and Chapter LES 2, of Wisconsin Administrative Code:

  • I am a citizen of The United States of America (applicable to law enforcement academy students only).
  • I am or will be at least 18 years of age by the completion of training.
  • I possess a valid Wisconsin driver's license or such other valid operator's permit recognized by the Wisconsin DOT as authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in Wisconsin (applicable to law enforcement academy students only).
  • I possess a general educational development diploma or am a high school graduate who has completed a secondary education program through a public school, private school, an equivalency diploma program, or home education program within the United States or its territories.
  • I have earned at least 28 associate degree level college credits or higher, or an associate degree or higher from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education. (Law enforcement and tribal law enforcement officers who do not meet this requirement at the time of employment, have 5 years from their date of employment to meet this requirement.)
  • I have not been convicted of a federal felony, or of any offense which if committed in Wisconsin could be punished as a felony, and has not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (18 U.S.C. §922(g)(9)), or I have been granted an absolute and unconditional pardon.

 

Attention Applicants

Applicants must complete and submit all of the Application Forms listed below. Completed forms must be submitted to Nicolet College by April 30, 2019 to be considered for review and potential acceptance into the 2019 Law Enforcement 720 Academy.

Mail completed application materials to the address indicated below or email to tgerdmann@nicoletcollege.edu, or materials may be dropped off at the Birchwoods Center.

Nicolet College
Tim Gerdmann, Birchwood Center
5364 College Drive
PO Box 501
Rhinelander, WI 54501

 

Application Forms

 

Questions

If you have any questions regarding the Academy and the application process, contact Timothy Gerdmann, Academy Director, at 715.365.4535 or tgerdmann@nicoletcollege.edu. For more detailed information, view the 720 LE Academy Learning Objectives document, created by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the 720 Hour Academy Handbook from Nicolet College.

If you are unable to access PDF documents on this page, please contact the Office of Compliance at mschur@nicoletcollege.edu or 715-365-4615.

Gainful Employment

The information is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.