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The Law Enforcement Program is accredited through the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). 

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Law Enforcement Facts and Statistics

  • Ferris State University Law Enforcement Academy was established in 1974.
  • Program content and training is delivered on the Big Rapids campus.
  • The Academy is part of the School of Criminal Justice which is the largest school at Ferris State University.
  • This is the only Michigan academy that has formally adopted Problem-Based Learning as the foundation of its educational strategies and methodologies.
  • As of 2017, the FSU Law Enforcement Academy has graduated 1,720 students.
  • There are four full-time FSU faculty (Ph.D or J.D.) devoted toward all academy course instruction. These faculty are retired police supervisors and commanders with an average of 25 years of police field experience; Numerous additional active police officers are brought in to instruct as subject matter experts.
  • The Academy is 35 weeks in length-two college semesters with summer orientation.
  • MCOLES has a mandatory curriculum of 594 training hours. The FSU enhanced curriculum is a total of 1,042 training hours.
  • Students in the Law Enforcement Academy will earn a total of 42 credits. These include CRIM 355, 356, 402, 403, 420, 425, 430, 440, 453, 498, RMLS 425.
  • The average class size in the Academy is 40+ students.
  • Each Law Enforcement Academy class averages over 1,100 hours of community service.
  • The FSU Law Enforcement Academy has a program completion rate of 92%.
  • The FSU Law Enforcement Academy has a licensing exam pass rate of 100%.
  • After graduating from the FSU Law Enforcement academy, the employment rate is 90%.