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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 – Summer 2018

Dates: June 25–October 26, 2018
Time: 7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location: 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.

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

  • Friday, August 24, 2018 – Noon
  • Friday, October 12, 2018 - Noon

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 and 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


Firearms Qualification In-Service

Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m.-Noon
Location: Western Public Safety Training Facility – Sparta Campus
Cost: $25.00 per person
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Covers familiarization with DOJ’s mandatory firearms qualification course. This program offers instruction to assist officers in shooting the WIDOJ qualification course. Officers should bring their duty belt and 150 rounds of pistol ammunition. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have met the DOJ requirement for annual firearms qualification.

Please contact the Public Safety Office at 608-789-4747 with any questions. Completed registration forms can be emailed to schendels@westerntc.edu.

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2017-2019 Pursuit Biennial In-Service

Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Time: 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: Western Public Safety Training Facility – Sparta Campus
Cost: $25.00 per person
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 22, 2018

This 4-hour 2017-2019 Pursuit Biennium training will address a number of issues affecting public and officer safety. It will include: reviewing basic EVOC skills that might be used during emergency response and/or pursuits, reviewing the steps for conducting a high-risk contact at the end of a pursuit, and reviewing how to conduct a non-traditional high-risk contact due to unusual position of the suspect vehicle following a PIT maneuver, moving roadblock, or crash.

Please contact the Public Safety Office at 608-789-4747 with any questions. Completed registration forms can be emailed to schendels@westerntc.edu.

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EVOC Instructor Course

Dates:  Monday-Friday, October 15-19, 2018
Time:  8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location:  Western Public Safety Training Facility – Sparta Campus
Cost:  $275.00 per person
Registration Deadline:  Friday, October 5, 2018

This 40-hour course, taught by a Master Instructor Trainer, prepares instructor candidates for certification as an EVOC instructor. Students must have completed the 32-hour CJ-IDC course before attending, OR be a currently certified LESB instructor, and have 3 years full-time experience.

Please contact the Public Safety Office at 608-789-4747 with any questions. Completed registration forms can be emailed to schendels@westerntc.edu.

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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.

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Basic Jailer Academy – 160 Hours

Dates:  October 29, 2018-November 9, 2018 and resuming November 26, 2018-December 7, 2018. Please note that 80 hours of the Jailer Academy will run October 29-November 9 and 80 hours will run November 26-December 7. There will be no classes held from November 10-November 25.
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, October 12, 2018

Whether you're seeking the education to obtain an entry level position as a County Jailer or Correctional Officer in the State of Wisconsin or you're 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 – Spring 2019

Dates: January 7–May 10, 2019
Time: 7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location: Western’s 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. For more information call the Public Safety office at 608-789-4747.

Application Packet – Email schendels@westerntc.edu for application forms. Applications accepted until the academy is full.

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