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Technical Diploma

Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Academy

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Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Academy Overview

CVTC’s Law Enforcement Academy is designed for potential law enforcement officers who need or want to meet Wisconsin certification requirements. You can earn a technical diploma in 18 weeks. At CVTC preparatory law enforcement officer training is offered full-time over eighteen weeks (720 hours).

You may be considered for admission to the Academy if you:

  • Are a full or part-time law enforcement officer
  • Have graduated from CVTC’s Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement associate degree program or
  • Have earned at least 60 college credits or the equivalent

The 720-hour training program is competency-based and meets the criteria set by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Bureau of Training and Standards and the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board. The criminal justice courses include lectures, multimedia presentations, interactive group discussions, hands-on instruction, and field exercises.

There are three phases for the Law Enforcement 720 Academy:

Phase I: Introduction and Non-Emergency Response
Phase II: Emergency Response
Phase III: Investigations

Past students say the hands-on training is very realistic and they learned something new every day.

Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning.

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Just the Facts

Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Academy
22 Credit Technical Diploma

Program Length
18 Weeks

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Months
August, January, May


Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $6,562

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Career Opportunities

Correctional Officer

Deputy Sheriff

K9 Police Officer

Patrol Officer

Police Officer

School Resource Officer

Graduate Employers

City of River Falls

Eau Claire Police Department

Menomonie Police Department

Mondovi Police Department

Rice Lake Police Department

St. Croix County Sheriff's Department

Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Our recent Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Academy graduates reported an average starting salary of $58,363.



100% of our recent Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Academy graduates got a job in the industry.


Regional Jobs

There are 128 job openings in the CVTC district for the Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Academy industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Academy program.

Sample Courses

Tactical Skills
Students will learn about the use of force by Wisconsin officers including specific techniques for intervention covered in the Wisconsin system of Defense and Arrest tactics, as well as weapon holding skills and how to care for and maintain handguns.

Patrol Procedures
Learn the steps taken as first-in officer to stabilize a complex scene, investigate traffic accidents, take appropriate enforcement actions, and prepare reports.

Understand the techniques and procedures necessary to interview or interrogate adult and juvenile witnesses, suspects, and victims.

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The LE academy went above and beyond to surpass my expectations. Despite my decision for a career change later, the academy prepared me fully for entering law enforcement. I enjoyed my classes so much that I have decided to go back to CVTC to obtain my Firemedic Associates Degree.


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Program Accreditation

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The Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Visit accreditation website.

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Admission Requirements

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