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Program Overview

MCC Campus(es):
MCC-Blue River Police Academy
MCC-Maple Woods
MCC-Penn Valley

Director of the Public Safety Training Institute:
Rusty Sullivan:  816.604.6700

Administrative Assistant:
Amanda Elliott: 816.604.6652

Degree and Certificates Awarded

Application Process

  • To apply to the police academy, you must be a current student. If not a current student click on the "Steps to Apply" link above. 
  • Schedule an interview with the Public Safety Institute. Call 816.604.6700, email Amanda Elliott, or stop by our offices. 
    • We are located on the Blue River Campus in the Public Safety Building. 
  • Request Official Transcripts 
  • Apply to the academy.
    • Click on Apply to "Day Police Academy" or Apply to "Night Police Academy" above.
  • Submit all required paperwork.
  • Meet with Financial Aid


All applicants must meet the following MCC prerequisite guidelines before completing a Police Academy application:

  • Must be at least 20 years of age (NOTE: You must be at least 21 years old to take the POST exam and be an officer in the state of Missouri);

  • Must have graduated from high school or have a GED with transcripts;

  • Must have an active MCC student ID number (go to to apply);

  • Must complete placement test unless a college-level English course has been satisfactorily completed. Students must place into the following areas or successfully complete the required prerequisite courses prior to beginning the program:

                Reading - READ 100 or higher
                English - ENGL 101
               Any writing or reading deficiency must be remediated prior to Academy enrollment.

General Information

General Overview

Academy Schedule

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.

Night Academy/Certificate:

  • 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.


Handcuffing.  Wielding the baton.  Conducting a homicide or meth lab investigation.  Interviewing techniques.  CPR.  Effective supervisory practices.

These are just some of the hundreds of skills taught at the MCC-Blue River Public Safety Institute as part of the Police Academy Certificate program.  Since 1995, the Academy has provided certified training as set forth by the Missouri Department of Public Safety/POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training), the regulatory agency which is responsible for the licensure of peace officers in the state of Missouri.

To assure effective learning, our peace officer curriculum provides both lecture-based and hands-on instruction, including live weapons fire at our firing range, physical and defensive tactics drills as well as scenario training, so each recruit can experience what it is really like out in the field.  

For in-vehicle driving practice, an advanced emergency vehicle driving course at our Precision Driving Center (PDC), located just east of the main Blue River campus, provides a combination of urban and highway driving scenarios.  The PDC also features a skid pad where recruits can master high-performance skid control techniques.

All MCC-Blue River Police Academy instructors are either currently employed in or recently retired from active law enforcement.  Each one is highly regarded in his or her area of expertise and brings real-world training to the classroom.

Last Modified: 10/18/18