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BTC to Launch Part-Time Law Enforcement Academy

May 2, 2019
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Blackhawk Technical College is excited to announce a part-time Law Enforcement Academy beginning on June 3, 2019. The program is one of only two part-time police training programs in Wisconsin. Recruits who successfully complete the 720-hour training program are able to gain certification as a police officer through the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice/Training and Standards Bureau.

Currently, the only option for completing the program is a full-time, 18-week option. If a student needs to work while completing the training, this is almost impossible in the current format. Therefore, BTC has created an option to fit the needs of working adults.

The part-time Law Enforcement Academy will take eight months to complete. BTC understands that many students need flexibility, allowing them to balance work, family, and school.

“Working adults often need a flexible learning platform. The new part-time option allows them to receive the same level of training as our full-time academy students,” said program coordinator Mark Brown. 

In addition to providing flexibility for working adults, the part-time academy will help address the shortage of qualified law enforcement candidates. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. population increased by about 56 million from 1997 to 2016. The number of full-time sworn officers has not kept up with the population. As a result, the number of full-time sworn officers per 1,000 residents was down 11% in this time period.

“Currently there is a severe shortage both on the national and statewide level for qualified candidates to join the ranks of law enforcement. We are hoping to address the demand in our area by offering another option for our academy,” said Brown. 

To sign up for the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, students need to pass a background check, have no felony convictions and have earned 60 college credits from an accredited college or university.

In addition to the Law Enforcement Academy, BTC also offers a Basic Jail Officer Academy. This is a full-time program that prepares students to work in the county jail. The 160 hours of instruction are completed in four weeks. Basic Jail Officer Academy requires a high school diploma and no felony convictions. For a listing of current job openings, visit wilenet.org.

Interested in learning more about the academies? Call our Public Safety Department at (608) 757-7691 to get started today.

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