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Nicolet College - Nicolet, Justice Department partner for Recruit Academy

Nicolet College, Department of Justice partner
for Law Enforcement Recruit Academy at Nicolet


Nicolet College will hold a 520-hour Law Enforcement Recruit Academy from May 17 to August 15 to certify recruits to work in law enforcement in Wisconsin.

The 13-week program, run in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, “is designed to create thoroughly competent and confident officers and prepare them for a challenging career in law enforcement,” said Phil Schmidt, Nicolet College Criminal Justice and Academy instructor.

The academy is open to anyone who has earned at least 60 college credits. These credits do not have to be in Criminal Justice or Police Science, Schmidt added. Cost is $2,800. Recruits already employed by a law enforcement agency can have that cost covered by the Department of Justice.

Instruction will include lectures and hands-on training. Course topics include Policing in America, Legal Context, Tactical Skills, Relational Skills, Patrol Procedures, Investigations, and Emergency Medical Response for Law Enforcement.

Specialized skills such as Emergency Vehicle Operation, Firearms, Professional Communications, and Defense and Arrest Tactics will also be taught. This is the first time Nicolet has been able to offer the academy. In the past, recruits had to travel out of the district to get certified.

Instructors will include staff from Nicolet College’s Criminal Justice program and other experienced professionals from area law enforcement agencies.

“The academy is designed specifically to prepare recruits for the challenges they would face working in the rural settings found in the Nicolet College district,” Schmidt added.

Anyone interested in attending the academy can contact Schmidt at (715) 365-4511, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4511; TDD 715-365-4558 or 711 (relay), or by email at