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

720 LE Academy Physical Readiness Test

The Physical Readiness Entrance Test will be offered on the following date at Western’s Public Safety Training Center – Sparta:
Saturday, June 3, 2017 – 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.


Law Enforcement Academy – Summer 2017

Dates: June 26–October 27, 2017
Time: 7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Where: Western Public Safety Training Facility – 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 by February 28, 2017 to be considered for a March interview. After February 28, applications will be accepted on a first-come basis. Completed applications should be returned to an Enrollment Advisor at the Welcome Center at the La Crosse Campus. For more information call the Public Safety office at 608-789-4747.

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Registration Form


Instructor Training – Instructor Development Course

Dates:  July 25-28, 2017
Where:  Western Public Safety Training Center – Sparta Campus
Cost: $200.00 per person
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Prepares criminal justice instructor-candidates to create a learning environment that supports learners. Competencies include planning and managing learning, training and evaluation methods, and delivering teaching scenarios. This curriculum is endorsed by the Law Enforcement Standards Board and is required of instructors seeking LESB certification. This is a pre-requisite course for all LESB approved specialized training courses.

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Registration Form


First Line Supervisor

Dates:  October 30–November 10, 2017
Where:  Western Public Safety Training Center – Sparta Campus
Cost: $300.00 per person
Online Registration Form

A two-week course designed for first line supervisors in Wisconsin. This course has been developed by Wisconsin Law Enforcement administrators and trainers to be specific to policing in the Badger state. Topics include leadership, budgeting, reports, internal investigations, media relations, scene command, critical incident management, community relations, hiring/training/discipline issues, and more. Course will include required assignments outside of class, several scenario exercises, and a mock press conference.


Basic Jailer Academy – 160 Hours

Date:  October 30-November 10 and resuming on November 27-December 8, 2017
Please note that 80 hours of the Jailer Academy will run October 30-November 10 and 80 hours of the Jailer Academy will run November 27-December 8, 2017. There will be no classes held from November 11-26.
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: Monday, October 9, 2017

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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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.

Course Flyer

Application Packet


Law Enforcement Academy – Summer 2018

Dates: June 11 – October 12, 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 – Will be posted to this site beginning October 1, 2017.