- What type of handgun do I need to have?
- When can I apply for the police academy?
You can apply for any academy class by filling out and returning the required qualification form.
- Will I really have to cut my hair and shave my beard to attend?
Yes. We have Dress and Appearance Standards that all Cadets must meet.
- How do I apply for tuition assistance?
If a student has been fully admitted to a bachelors degree program offered by the University of Central Missouri, financial aid can normally be used to help pay the cost of attending the Central Missouri Police Academy. Detailed information about being considered for financial assistance may be found by clicking on the links at the Office of Student Financial Services home page.
- Is there someone that can help me apply my G.I. Bill benefits to the tuition?
Yes! UCM has a a Military and Veterans Services department devoted to helping veterans succeed here.
- I'm not planning to become a Police Officer; I just want to attend the Academy for credit. Can I do that?
We often have Criminal Justice students and others attend the Academy just for credit. While we will allow this you still must meet all of the Missouri POST requirements (submit application, provide fingerprints, pass your background check, etc), attend and participate in all blocks of training, meet our internal standards (dress and appearance, etc.) and pay all tuition and fees. Please check with your academic advisor to ensure the credit hours will apply to your degree.
- Do you have night or weekend classes?
We do not offer night or weekend classes.
- What is the job outlook for law enforcement?
Click here to read the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- What clothes or equipment should I bring to the class?
A uniform issue, consisting of 2 sets of 5.11 pants and polo shirts, and a cap, is provided to you while participating in this class; you will keep these after you graduate. With this uniform you will need your personal belt, boots, socks and underwear. The boots must be black and clean but do not need to be polished. We will also provide you with a training duty belt (Academy property) with appropriate holders for the training devices you will use in the course. If you wish to purchase and use your own duty belt and accessories, that is fine. You will also need to provide exercise clothing consisting of a grey hooded sweatshirt, grey sweatpants, grey t-shirt and blue shorts, and athletic shoes (any color). The following items will also be useful during certain environmental conditions and should be brought with you: Sunglasses Sunscreen Wool or stocking cap Gloves Rain coat.
- What kind of boots should I buy?
All that we require is that the boots be black, clean, non-marking sole and at least have a six inch rise (no sneakers). You should choose boots that you will be using on the job after you graduate. Talk to local Police Officers and Deputies about what they wear; they know best!
- What subjects are taught in this course?
Click here to view the curriculum.
- What are the class hours?
The normal schedule is 8 am until 6 pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8 to 5 Tuesday and Wednesday.
- I don't want to get a college degree. Must I still enroll at UCM?
The Central Missouri Police Academy is part of the University of Central Missouri and all CMPA cadets must also be UCM students. We have found, over time, although you may not see a need for the college credit hours now you probably will later. If you want to be promoted you will most likely need at least a Bachelor's degree. Enrolling as a student only costs $30 and, in addition to allowing you to apply for tuition assistance to help pay for the cost of this course, you will receive 15 credit hours toward a degree with UCM. Plus you will be able to use all of UCM's excellent facilities! Cadets sponsored by law enforcement departments may be enrolled as "credit seeking" or "non credit seeking" students. Please contact us for details.
- I was arrested for _________ . Will I still be able to attend?
It depends. Minor traffic and other infractions generally do not pose a problem. Misdemeanors and felonies do. It also depends on the details and how recent the arrest was. When you apply for admittance you will have to disclose any violation of Federal or State law that you have committed. If you were arrested, whether or not you were convicted, you will need to provide copies of all arrest reports, court records, probation records, etc. and provide a written statement explaining the circumstances. We will review this material to determine whether to approve your application. If we approve it we will forward it to the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training office for their review. If they approve then you may be able attend the academy. As a general guide any felony conviction (regardless of the charge), or misdemeanor conviction involving fraud, larceny, violence or illegal narcotics, will prevent you from attending. Any arrest for the same, even if you were not convicted, may also prevent you from attending depending on the circumstances. A history of traffic tickets or DWI that indicate a disregard for the law will also prevent you from attending. If you have charges pending you will not be accepted until the situation is resolved. Failure to disclose any arrest (whether or not records exist and including arrests while you were a juvenile) will result in refusal of attendance or expulsion from the academy if you have already started the class.
- Your rules say that I have to be 21 years old by the date that the academy graduates. However, Missouri allows people to attend police academies as long as they are 18 years old. Why is there a difference?
Our course is not just the police academy; it is also five college classes. The final grade that you will get in those classes is dependent upon the score you get on the Missouri POST examination. You can't take that exam until you are 21. If you were unable to take the POST test your grades for the UCM classes would end up being "F"'. So, although Missouri allows you to attend a POST approved academy when you are 18, we require our students to also be able to take the POST exam; therefore we require that you be 21 by graduation.