Gain the police training and education needed to become a police officer from the highly regarded Gateway Technical College Law Enforcement Academy. The police academy includes training in unified tactics, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, defensive and arrest tactics, tactical field exercises and professional communications. Students will take additional courses including first aid/CPR, standard field sobriety, word testing, criminal law, traffic law, community policing and criminal investigations. The 720-hour basic training course meets the requirements set by the State of Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board. Employed candidates will become certified police officers upon successful completion of the academy and upon Standards Board approval. Those who have not found employment at the time of police academy completion have three years to secure a law enforcement position in order to become certified.
Law enforcement professionals can find careers as police officers, probation officers, customs officers and security professionals. Police officers investigate any suspicious activity they notice and then pursue and arrest those who are found breaking the law. They also respond to service calls, issue traffic tickets and warnings, investigate local issues including domestic disputes, and give first aid to those involved in an accident.