Law Enforcement

Western offers a variety of in-service, advanced, and specialized law enforcement training classes. These courses provide the essential skills, knowledge, and resources necessary for law enforcement officers to stay current in your training.

Our Law Enforcement courses and programs offer you the opportunity to enhance and sharpen your skills in the areas of investigations, patrol, leadership, survival, and many others. Training courses incorporate realistic and practical approaches from experienced instructors.

For a complete list of these offerings, see the current course descriptions below.

Course Descriptions

Law Enforcement Academy – Spring 2018

Dates: January 8–May 11, 2018
Time: 7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Where: Western Public Safety Training Center – Sparta Campus

This is a 720-hour Certified Basic Recruit Academy (18 weeks) for persons seeking Wisconsin Law Enforcement certification. Costs include training, use of firearm/ammunition (if needed), and other related training items. Completed application forms should be returned to an Enrollment Advisor at the La Crosse Campus Welcome Center by August 25, 2017. After August 25, applications will be accepted on a first-come basis. For more information, call the Public Safety office at 608-789-4747.

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Application Packet


720 LE Academy Physical Readiness Assessment

The physical readiness entrance assessment will be offered on the following dates at Western’s Public Safety Training Center – Sparta:

  • Saturday, April 27, 2018 – Noon
  • Saturday, June 2, 2018 – 9:30 a.m.

All police academy candidates and law enforcement recruits must complete and pass the police physical readiness test. The test must be completed at a DOJ certified law enforcement academy. This test will meet that standard. Candidates must be physically capable of running 1.5 miles, completing sit-ups, push-ups and various other tests of physical fitness. All candidates must complete a medical assessment prior to taking the physical readiness test. The medical assessment form must be completed and signed by a physician. For more information call the Public Safety office at 608-789-4747.

To obtain a copy of the registration forms please contact Western’s Public Safety office at 608-789-4747. Completed registration forms should be emailed to schendels@westerntc.edu


Basic Jailer Academy – 160 hours

Date: April 16-27 and resuming on May 14-25, 2018
Please note that 80 hours of the Jailer Academy will run April 16-27 and 80 hours will run May 14-25. There will be no classes held from April 28-May 13.
Time: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location: Western’s Public Safety Training Facility – Sparta Campus
Cost: $685.00 (Academy Tuition)
Materials: CPR Manual/Mask ($28.64 – cost subject to change)
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018

Whether seeking the education to obtain an entry level position as a County Jailer or Correctional Officer in the State of Wisconsin or are already employed by a County agency, Western’s Basic Jailer Academy offers students high-quality training through classroom and scenario-based instruction.

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Please email schendels@westerntc.edu for the registration forms.


Law Enforcement Academy – Summer 2018

Dates: June 25–October 26, 2018
Time: 7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Where: Western Public Safety Training Center – Sparta Campus

This is a 720-hour Certified Basic Recruit Academy (18 weeks) for persons seeking Wisconsin Law Enforcement certification. Costs include training, use of firearm/ammunition (if needed), and other related training items. Completed application forms should be returned to an Enrollment Advisor at the La Crosse Campus Welcome Center by February 28, 2018. After February 28, applications will be accepted on a first-come basis. For more information, call the Public Safety office at 608-789-4747.

Course Flyer

Application Packet – Please email Sheila Schendel at schendels@westerntc.edu to request an application packet.


Instructor Training, Professional Communications

The Professional Communications Instructor course will be offered at Western’s Public Safety Training Center – Sparta:

  • Tuesday-Thursday, October 23-24-25, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

This 24-hour training program is designed to provide instructor candidates with the opportunity for Wisconsin LESB certification as a Professional Communication Skills LESB instructor. This certification is required for training at the recruit level and/or in-service level when utilizing Wisconsin's Law Enforcement Standards Board manuals and/or training curriculum. For more information call the Public Safety office at 608-789-4747.

Completed registration forms should be faxed or emailed to schendels@westerntc.edu.

Course Flyer with Registration Forms