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Criminal Justice Studies Program

Become Certified

WITC Criminal Justice - Corrections students searching a jail cell. After completing the Criminal Justice Studies associate degree program, graduates may apply for the 160 Jail Officer Academy or 720 Law Enforcement Academy at WITC.

160 Jail Academy

The 160-hour Jail Academy provides the curriculum required for jail officer certification with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Standards Board. The 4- week course focuses on the philosophical and tactical principles of working as a correctional officer in Wisconsin, including:

Upon a skills-assessment examination and the successful completion of the course, a student will be eligible for certification with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board as a jail officer.

720 Law Enforcement Academy

Academy Class The 720 Law Enforcement Academy prepares candidates for entry level law enforcement positions in the State of Wisconsin. This program is provided for sworn law enforcement personnel and civilian personnel to meet the pre-service training requirements identified by Wisconsin Statues and Wisconsin Administrative Code as written by Department of Justice/Training and Standards Bureau to be a law enforcement officer.

Prospective candidates are required to meet the College's admission criteria, possess 60 college credits at time of application, possess a valid driver's license from their state of residence, pass a physical exam and meet physical fitness standards, and not have any felony, domestic violence convictions or mental health adjudications. Candidates will be required to submit to a criminal background investigation, driver's license check, a medical physical, and drug test.

Contact Phil Drazkowski, Danna Livingston, or Tom Richie for more information.