Chief of Training - Police
Doug Thompson 816.604.6700
The job of a police officer is to protect people and property within a defined jurisdiction and enforce federal, state and local laws. Police officers are the front-line of defense against criminal activity. Their roles break down into two parts: 1) public service, including crime prevention, and 2) enforcement of the law when a crime does occur.
Since 1995, the MCC-Blue River Public Safety Institute's Police Academy program has provided certified training as set forth by the Missouri Department of Public Safety/POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training), the regulatory agency responsible for the licensure of peace officers in the State of Missouri.
Our peace officer curriculum provides both lecture-based and hands-on instruction to give recruits valuable experience utilizing the decision-making and skills that are vital in the field. Instruction includes communication skills and cultural sensitivity, de-escalation techniques and recognizing when and what type of intervention needs to occur, physical fitness and defensive tactics training, firearms training and extensive scenario based training. These are just some of the core competencies taught at the MCC-Blue River Public Safety Institute as part of the Police Academy Certificate program.
When crimes are committed, police officers enforce laws and may:
- Secure crime and accident scenes
- Interview witnesses
- Initiate life-saving CPR
- Obtain warrants to search houses and businesses
- Arrest and interview suspects
- Write detailed arrest reports
- Testify in court to help convict suspects
For in-vehicle driving practice, an advanced emergency vehicle driving course at our Precision Driving Center (PDC), located at the Blue River East Campus, provides a combination of urban and highway driving scenarios. The PDC also features cars with skid-devices where recruits can master high-performance skid control techniques.
All MCC-Blue River Police Academy instructors are either currently employed in law enforcement or have an extensive background in skill sets critical to law enforcement. Each one is highly regarded in his or her area of expertise and brings real-world training to the classroom.
Day Police Academy/Certificate:
A one-semester, full-time day academy, offered in January and in August. The January Academy graduates in May and the August Academy graduates in December. The hours for the full-time Academies are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A two-semester, part-time academy, designed primarily for the working adult, offered once each year in August. Hours for the part-time academy are Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and some Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Saturday is typically two Saturdays on and one Saturday off.