Becoming a Michigan Law Enforcement Officer

Have you thought about becoming a police officer? Do you desire to make a difference by protecting others and our homeland? Not sure if you have what it takes or how to enter the process? We invite you to submit the Statement of Interest Form found on this page and attend an Academy Orientation meeting to obtain additional information.

About Michigan Law Enforcement Academies

You may have heard the terms police academy, basic police school, police recruit school, or regional training academy. In Michigan, all of these terms refer to the same training process. You must complete a Basic Training School that is sanctioned and under contract with the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). There are academies throughout the state and Mott Community College is proud to be one of the locations selected to provide this training.

MCOLES - Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards

Test Dates

MCOLES Reading and Writing

Orientation Dates


Physical Fitness


Temperatures will be taken before entering the exam room, if you are sick, please stay home

Contact LERTA: (810) 235-5667, or dial (810) 235-5545.

Mott Community College LERTA Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy

About the Mott Community College Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy

The Mott Community College Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy (LERTA) is under the authority of Chief Michael Odette of the Mott Community College Department of Public Safety. The Department is a full-service police agency.

The home of LERTA is the Mott Community College - Southern Lakes Branch Center located at 2100 W. Thompson Rd, Fenton, MI 48430. The Academy holds two sessions each year, which coincide with the fall and winter semesters.

Steps to Academy Admittance

  • Review the MCOLES Minimum Requirements for Law Enforcement Officers at,4607,7-229-41624---,00.html.
    If after review you believe that you meet the criteria, proceed to the next step. If you have questions, call the Academy Recruiter at (810) 232-2822 or dial (810) 410-1900 and follow the prompts..
  • Select a date to attend one of the LERTA Orientation Sessions.

    LERTA Orientation Sessions
          Sign-up Here      

    Topics to be discussed include:
    • The Employment Standards for Michigan Law Enforcement Officers as published by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards
    • Academy admittance standards for pre-service, agency employed recruits and others
    • The Academy Application for Admittance, required paperwork and documentation which includes:
      • Pre-Test Documentation
        • Reading & Writing Test
        • Physical Fitness Test
      • Citizenship Documentation
      • Education Documentation
      • Finger Printing / Drug Testing
      • Personal History Statement
      • Medical Forms and Documentation
      • The Academy Cost Sheet
  • Complete and submit all required paper work

    and a $175.00 processing fee at least 30 days prior to the start date of the Academy.
  • Participate in an oral interview.

  • If accepted for attendance, register for the Academy

    (fees are due at the time of registration).
    All tuition and fees are non-refundable after full tuition refund date for the registered semester as indicated on the Academic/Registration Calendar.