Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement 720 Academy

Technical Diploma

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Financial Aid Eligible

The 720 Academy provides aspiring law enforcement officers with the training they need to become certified in Wisconsin. Students must demonstrate their competency in a number of crucial areas based on criteria set forth by the Training and Standards Bureau of the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The Academy is conducted at the Sparta Public Safety Training Center and is taught by full-time educators, law enforcement officers, and supervisors who are recognized as leaders in law enforcement training.

Find out more about Western's Public Safety Training Facility.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement 720 Academy

This program will cost about $3,700* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement 720 Academy 2015-2016 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding20
Employed in Related Occupation10
Employed in Non-related Occupations3
Seeking Employment3
Continuing Education3
Not in Labor Market1

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week2843
Median Hourly Wage$15.63 $14.76
Hourly Wage Range$15.00 - $16.26$12.10 - $25.00
Median Annual Salary$22,432.80 $32,481.80

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Deputy Sheriff; Jackson County Sheriff Department, Black River Falls, WI
  • Military Affairs Security Forces Officer; State of Wisconsin/Volk Field ANGB, Camp Douglas, WI
  • Park Ranger; Department of Natural Resources, Blanchardville, WI
  • Patrol Officer; Galesville Police Department, Galesville, WI
  • Patrol Officer; La Crosse Police Department, La Crosse, WI
  • Police Officer; City of Onalaska, Onalaska, WI
  • Security Officer; G4S Secure Solutions, La Crosse, WI
  • Security Officer; Sand l Hospitality, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Career Opportunities

Police Officer
Deputy Sheriff
Security Officer
Law Enforcement Officer
State Patrol Officer

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Additional Requirements:

For an admission packet for the 720-hour Law Enforcement Academy, please contact the Sparta Public Training Center by phone at 608-789-4747 or by email at

Gainful Employment

Transfer Agreements

Winona State University

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement 720 Academy

Career Pathways

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