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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:

  • Saturday, November 3, 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 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


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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Pursuit 2017-2019 Biennial In-Service

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Time: Two Sessions: 8:00 a.m.-Noon and 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: Western Public Safety Training Facility – Sparta Campus
Cost: $25.00 per person
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 17, 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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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 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.


POSC Transition Update

Date: Friday, December 14, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Where: Western Public Safety Training Facility – Sparta Campus
Cost: $60.00 per person
Registration Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018

This course is required for POSC instructors to remain certified to teach the new 200 hour LESB curriculum in the Jail Academy. Instructors who do not complete this transition course will not be able to teach in the 200-hour Jail Academy. This course is taught by a Master Instructor Trainer (MIT) who will update attendees on the new skills and curriculum.

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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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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Law Enforcement Academy – Summer 2019

Dates: June 17–October 18, 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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