All students now have access to financial aid to attend the Academy with the newly added 18 credit hour Certificate in Law Enforcement. In addtion, all students must apply for admission to the University and complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

As before, all student must also complete the Law Enforcement Academy application.  Admission to Southeast does not guarantee admission to the Academy and vice versa.  

If you are seeking a bachelor's degree, you can earn 18 credit hours towards your degree by attending the academy.  If a four year degree is not an option at this time, you can still earn 18 hours by completing the certificate in Law Enforcement through the University.

Both options lead to a Class "A" Missouri Peace Officer's License. 

Please select the best option for you below. 

This option is for those pursuing a bachelor's degree.  When you successfully complete this option, you will earn 18 credit hours towards your degree.  This gives you the option of graduating from Southeast with your bachelor's degree and Peace Officer's license, thus giving you a significant advantage in your job search and making you decidedly more qualified to potential employers.  

Checklist: 

  1. Apply to Southeast Missouri State University
  2. Complete FAFSA (if you are seeking financial aid)
  3. Complete, sign, and mail Law Enforcement Academy Application

Application should include all required attachments mentioned in the application such as copy of legal documents, processing fee, questionnaire, etc. 

Download Application

If a four year degree isn't for you, you now have the option of attending the Academy and earning a Certificate in Law Enforcement.  This option also gives you access to financial aid, and all other University benefits, including 18 credit hours that will give you a significant start on a bachelor's degree should you decide to continue your education in the future.  You will need to be admitted to the Univeristy and you will need to complete the FAFSA. Successful completion of this program earns you a Class "A" Missouri Peace Officer's License and a Certificate in Law Enforcement from Southeast. 

Checklist: 

  1. Complete, sign, and mail Law Enforcement Academy Application

Application should include all required attachments mentioned in the application such as copy of legal documents, processing fee, questionnaire, etc. 

Download Application

Age and citizenship 

Applicants to the Law Enforcement Academy must: 

  • Be at least 21 years old prior to graduating from the Academy 
  • Be a United States citizen, native or naturalized 

Education 

Applicants must meet the following education requirements: 

  • Have a high school diploma from an accredited high school (no online high schools) OR have an equivalent General Education Development (GED) credential 
  • If you are taking the academy as part of a four-year degree program, you must be a student in good standing and you must have already completed a minimum of 24 credit hours. 

Criminal history 

Applicants to the academy must meet the following criminal history requirements: 

  • Never have pleaded guilty to any felony. 
  • No convictions for any form of Domestic Assault. 
  • No convictions for crimes of moral turpitude. 
  • Must not be prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle. 
  • Must not be prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm or ammunition. 
  • Must not currently be on any type of community supervision or probation for any offense. 
  • Have no DWI or related convictions within the last three years or have no more than two DWIs within the past ten years. 
  • Have no drug-related arrests within the past three years. 
  • You cannot be the respondent in any order of protection (Full Order or Ex Parte). 

NOTE – Applicants with a pattern of criminal behavior that continued over a period of time will not be admitted to the academy. Please contact us if you have any questions about this. 

In addition, applicants must possess a valid driver’s license. 

Military Service 

Applicants who have served in the military must submit a copy of their DD214 that shows the type of discharge received. A dishonorable discharge prevents your acceptance to the academy. 

Phone
Location
Office
122 S. Ellis
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 5200
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701