Licensure

Licensure Disclosures

Licensing as a law enforcement officer in Michigan must be approved through the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). This happens when the following two requirements are met by the candidate: (1) compliance with MCOLES minimum selection standards which includes satisfactory completion of a basic police academy or recognition of prior training and experience, and (2) employment with a law enforcement agency as a law enforcement officer.

The Northern Michigan University Regional Police Academy provides students instruction in the 594 hour Basic Recruit Curriculum required by MCOLES. After successful completion of the NMU police academy recruits are eligible to take the MCOLES licensing exam. A recruit is required to achieve a score of 70%. Recruits are given two chances to pass the licensing exam. Once a recruit passes the exam they will be license once screened and hired by a law enforcement agency.

Twelve of the NMU credits taken to complete the academy can be applied to NMU's Associate of Applied Science Degree in law enforcement or as general elective credits in other undergraduate programs at NMU.

Recruits looking for employment outside the State of Michigan should check with the Law Enforcement licensing agency for that respective state. Reciprocal recognition of experience, training and licensing vary from state to state. NMU Regional Police Academy may qualify as all or partial recognition of training depending on the state.

 

NMU Regional Police Academy Education / Training Transfer State by State

The NMU Regional Police Academy training may partially transfer to other states, however, each state will make the determination once a recruit applies to that states police licensing authority. Additional education and training may be required. 

 

State/Dist./Territory

Abbreviation

Meets Requirements

Does Not Meet Requirements

NMU Does Not Know

Notes

Alabama

AL

 

 

 

Alaska

AK

 

 

 

Arizona

AZ

 

 

 

Arkansas

AR

 

 

 

California

CA

 

 

 

Colorado

CO

 

 

 

Connecticut

CT

 

 

 

Delaware

DE

 

 

 

Florida

FL

 

 

 

Georgia

GA

 

 

 

Hawaii

HI

 

 

 

Idaho

ID

 

 

 

Illinois

IL

 

 

 

Indiana

IN

 

 

 

Iowa

IA

 

 

 

Kansas

KS

 

 

 

Kentucky

KY

 

 

 

Louisiana

LA

 

 

 

Maine

MA

 

 

 

Maryland

MD

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts

ME

 

 

 

Michigan

MI

 

 

 

Minnesota

MN

 

   

Mississippi

MS

 

 

 

Missouri

MO

 

 

 

Montana

MT

 

 

 

Nebraska

NB

 

 

 

Nevada

NV

 

 

 

New Hampshire

NH

 

 

 

New Jersey

NJ

 

 

 

New Mexico

NM

 

 

 

New York

NY

 

 

 

North Carolina

NC

 

 

 

North Dakota

ND

 

 

 

Ohio

OH

 

 

 

Oklahoma

OK

 

 

 

Oregon

OR

 

 

 

Pennsylvania

PA

 

 

 

Rhode Island

RI

 

 

 

South Carolina

SC

 

 

 

South Dakota

SD

 

 

 

Tennessee

TN

 

 

 

Texas

TX

 

 

 

Utah

UT

 

 

 

Vermont

VT

 

 

 

Virginia

VA

 

 

 

Washington

WA

 

 

 

West Virginia

WV

 

 

 

Wisconsin

WI

 

 

 

Wyoming

WY

 

 

 

District of Columbia

DC

 

 

 

American Samoa

AS

 

 

 

Guam

GU

 

 

 

Northern Mariana Islands

MP

 

 

 

Puerto Rico

PR

 

 

 

U.S. Virgin Islands

VI