Police Science

The job of a peace officer is to protect people and property within a defined jurisdiction and enforce federal, state and local laws.

Since 1996, 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's Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) program, the governing agency responsible for the licensure and skills that are vital in the field.

Peace Officer curriculum

  • Our peace officer curriculum provides both lecture-based and hands-on instruction to give recruits valuable experience utilizing the decision-making skills that are vital in the field.
  • Peace Officer instruction includes communication skills, cultural sensitivity, de-escalation techniques, instruction and training in recognizing when and what type of intervention needs to occur, physical fitness and defensive tactics training, firearms training, advanced emergency driver training, and extensive scenario-based training.

Peace officers are the front-line of defense against criminal activity. Their roles break down into two parts:

  1. Public service, including crime prevention
  2. Enforcement of the law when a crime does occur

When crimes are committed, peace 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


Police Academy

We offer a full-time academy that occurs in the fall and spring semester, and a part-time academy that overlaps both the fall and spring semester.

Full-time program

The full-time program typically meets Monday-Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended days on Tuesdays and Thursdays to accommodate firearms training.

Part-time program

The part-time program typically meets Monday-Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and every other Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Police Academy instructors are certified through the Missouri Department of Public Safety's Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) program as a generalist or specialist. They are both active and retired peace officers from agencies throughout the Kansas City metro area.


Average growth for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

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Transfer made simple

Whatever your transfer destination, we'll work to make sure your credits move easily. That's why we're experts at it. We've worked out specific transfer agreements with many four-year colleges and universities.

Check with your transfer school and your MCC academic advisor for the most accurate and timely transfer information.


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