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Central Missouri Police Academy
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The Central Missouri Police Academy (CMPA) and Institue for Public Safety (IPS), a division of the Missouri Safety Center, is a basic law enforcement academy and full-service continuing education provider for those interested in pursuing or furthering a career in public safety (law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services and homeland security). 

The CMPA is approved by the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission to provide the Peace Officer basic training academy.  Formerly known as the National Police Institute (NPI), the CMPA has an outstanding reputation for providing professional training for those who desire a career in law enforcement.  The academy, conducted on the campus of the University of Central Missouri (UCM), is a 600-hour basic academy.

Our mission at the CMPA includes the following objectives:

  • Make our graduates more desirable and competitive in the job market.
  • Provide experiential learning; i.e. learning by doing in a real world environment.
  • Reduce the time needed for our students to get their degree.
  • Maintain competitive cost for our course.

The CMPA is proud to announce that 86.6% of the 2013 Academy graduates have been commissioned (hired) in law enforcement; the best year in the 33 year history of the Academy. 




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CMPA Calendar of Events/Classes




Missouri Safety Center
Humphreys Suite 200
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Site Location:

200 Ming Street (Corner of South St. and Washington St.)
Warrensburg, MO 64093

For more information contact Colin Comer or Donna Chaffee at 800-801-3588 or 660-543-4090 or by email

Additional Courses & Offerings at the IPS/CMPA:


40-Hour Basic Telecommunications (Dispatch) Course
May 12-16, 2014 ~ 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Warrensburg, MO (Dockery Bldg., Room 201, UCM Campus)

Our goal is to prepare new dispatchers to handle calls immediately after training with the needed skills, and support current uncertified dispatchers with the necessary skills to have a successful career as a vital link in law enforcement response. The training includes a flash drive with all material and resources needed for the basic course, and to take with them for an on the job reference. Certification for completion of the 40-hour Basic Telecommunication (Dispatch) course, which meets the requirements of the Department of Homeland Security.

PLEASE CLICK this link for more information and enrollment requirements:




Starting January 2014, the Institute for Public Safety (IPS) and the Central Missouri Police Academy (CMPA), divisions of the Missouri Safety Center at the University of Central Missouri, will be offering several options for continuing education classes for law enforcement officers.

  • The IPS is partnering with Midwest Police Consultants, LLC, making available a large variety of POST approved courses. Classes will be offered periodically, or may be scheduled on request. Midwest Police Consultants employ a large staff of instructors that are highly experienced in their fields, as well as in the classroom. They provide a wealth of knowledge and the ability to reach their students. In addition, the staff has the ability to develop new courses as needed, or tailor courses to specific needs.  Course offerings will range from basic and refresher, to high level areas of expertise and specialization.  Check future emails for updates and specific offerings.

  • CEU Hours via basic academy classes available to in-service officers.  The CMPA will offer in-service officers the opportunity to attend basic academy classes to get their POST CEU training. This is a great opportunity to pick up legal and interpersonal hours when the Academy conducts such courses as Constitutional Law, Missouri Statutes, Ethics, etc. The Academy conducts three basic academy sessions per year, and officers are welcome to sit in on classes as needed and as spaces are available. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve a spot early. The cost for these classes will be $9.00 per hour. (Minimum of 2 Hours)

  • 40-hour Dispatch Certification Training will be offered at the IPS/CMPA, beginning in spring 2014. The instructor has extensive experience in supervising a metro area police communications unit, revising and building in-house training programs, and instructing in certified dispatch training. This course is unique in the area, as it includes practical exercises which will provide students with the most realistic training possible.

  • The CMPA has space available for various uses. State and federal agencies, local departments, private entities and training contractors, that need a place to gather for regional meetings or in-service training, may rent a classroom or the gym. The CMPA is not set up for overnight events, but can host single day events, or multi-day events in which attendees would stay overnight at hotel accommodations they have arranged if traveling far from home. This is a new effort, but CMPA room rates may save money when compared to hotel conference room rental fees.  The rate is $125 per day; parking is included and classroom space seats up to 25 people. If you are interested, please contact the CMPA at: (800) 801-3588 or (660) 543-4090 to reserve your space as early as possible. Reservations will be made on a first come, first served basis.