There are two options for attending the Law Enforcement Academy.  

The first option is the degree-seeking, or credit-seeking option. With this option, you will need to apply to, and be accepted to the University. This option allows you to earn 24 credit hours towards your bachelor's degree and as a Criminal Justice major, the academy takes the place of your minor. This option also allows you to use traditional financial aid. The cost of this option is tied directly to the current tuition rate. 

The second option is the certificate-only or non-degree option. If you do not plan on pursuing a bachelor's degree, then this is the option for you. The main difference between this and the previous option is tied to traditional financial aid.  The cost of this option is $6,500. 

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 24 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.  To select this option, check the box next to "Credit Bearing" on your Academy application.  You will also need to be admitted to Southeast and complete the FAFSA. 

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 college isn't for you, you can still take the academy as a Certificate Only program and get your Missouri Peace Officer's License. This is the same excellent program we've offered for over 30 years. You do not have to be admitted to Southeast, you only must be admitted to the Law Enforcement Academy. However, you do not earn college credit with this program. Even though this program is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid, there are several other financial options as seen on our Financial Aid page. Successful completion of this program earns you a Class "A" Missouri Peace Officer's License. 

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. 

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