Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement 720 Academy | Western Technical College

Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement 720 Academy

Technical Diploma

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Financial Aid Eligible

Typical Start: 

Spring, Summer

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.

To view the Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement 720 Academy program’s required disclosure on professional licensure, please click here.

*Please note that the delivery method for fall courses may change as the COVID-19 situation unfolds. Our goal is to ensure that teaching and learning happens in a safe environment. We will communicate updates as quickly as possible.

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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 2018-2019 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding8
Employed in Related Occupation5
Employed in Non-related Occupations1
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week
Median Hourly Wage
Hourly Wage Range
Median Annual Salary

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Patrol Officer; Sparta Police Department, Sparta, WI
  • Police Officer; Wausau Police Department, Wausau, WI
  • Deputy Sheriff; Friendship, WI

Career Opportunities

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

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Think critically
  • Manage emergencies
  • Communicate effectively
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Conduct investigations
  • Interact with others
  • Demonstrate tactical skills [applies to Certification Track only]

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 Safety Training Center by phone at 608-789-4747 or by email at

The following requirements must be met by students enrolling in preparatory law enforcement officer training:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Possess a general educational development diploma or be a high school graduate.
  • Possess either a two‐year associate degree from a Wisconsin technical college system district or its accredited equivalent from another state or a minimum of 60‐accredited credits (semester credits) or 90‐accredited quarter credits.
  • Possess a valid Wisconsin driver’s license or other such valid operator’s permit recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in Wisconsin.
  • Must not have been convicted of any federal felony or of any offense which if committed in Wisconsin could be punished as a felony unless the applicant has been granted an absolute and unconditional pardon.
  • Must not have been convicted of any misdemeanor crime of domestic violence unless the applicant has been granted an absolute and unconditional pardon.
  • Be citizens of the United States.
  • Undergo a medical assessment by a Wisconsin licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner to verify that they can meet the physical standards required of a law enforcement officer.
  • Complete a satisfactory oral interview with a panel of law enforcement executives or with teaching or counseling staff affiliated with the training school to determine suitability for law enforcement employment and to assess applicant demeanor, background and ability to communicate.

Cost for the 720 Academy:
The cost for the 720 Law Enforcement Academy is $5,000. This is based upon an estimated $3,700 tuition costs and an additional estimated $1,300 for law enforcement skills evaluation fees.

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.

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