Are you called to serve and protect?

The Law Enforcement Academy is dedicated to offering the best training available. In addition to the 600 hours mandated by Missouri P.O.S.T. the academy also offers the following training as part of every basic training academy: 

  • DMT Intox Type III Certification 
  • Patrol Rifle 
  • Hostage Negotiation 
  • TASER 
  • Less Lethal / Chemical Agents
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention / Reporting
  • The Law Enforcement Hiring Process 
  • Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training 

We also offer extended training hours, above and beyond P.O.S.T. requirements, in core curricula areas such as: 

  • Traffic Radar 
  • Defensive Tactics 
  • Physical Training 
  • Report Writing 

Missouri P.O.S.T. Curricula 

code subject area
100 Administrative Procedures
101 Orientation/Rules and Regulations 
102 Basic Study Skills and Note Taking 
Legal Studies
200 Constitutional Law
201 Introduction to Legal Blocks 
202 The Criminal Process 
203 Rules of Evidence 
204 Admissions/Confessions/Miranda 
205 Contact/Detention/Arrest 
206 Prisoner Rights and Privileges 
207 Searches, Seizures and the Search Warrant 
208 Non-Fourth Amendment Seizures 
209 Stop and Frisk 
210 Search Incident to Arrest 
211 Searches and Seizures Without a Warrant 
212 Peace Officer Liability 
300 Missouri Statutory Law
301 Criminal Code Overview 
302 General Provisions 
303 Justification-Use of Force 
304 Criminal Statutes 
305 Civil Process 
400 Traffic Law
401 Uniform Citation 
402 Registration, Licensing and Insurance 
403 Traffic and Vehicle Equipment Regulations 
Interpersonal Perspectives
500 Ethics and Professionalism 
600 Domestic Violence 
601 Domestic Violence Response 
602 Child Abuse and Neglect 
700 Human Behavior
701 Tactical Communication 
702 Communications Obstacles 
703 Cultural Diversity 
704 Dealing with Aggressive Behavior 
705 Dealing with Death 
Technical Studies
800 Patrol and Jail Management
801 Introduction to Patrol 
802 Crime Prevention 
803 Radio Communication Procedures 
804 Processing and Documentations Procedures 
805 Field Interviews 
806 Basic Security Procedures 
807 Search of Persons/Vehicles 
808 Vehicle Stops 
809 Emergency Response/Building Searches 
810 Gangs, Transients and Organized Crime 
811 Civil Disturbance Response 
812 Survival Mentality 
813 Hazardous Material 
900 Homeland Security
901 Terrorism/WMD Awareness 
902 ICS 100.leb - Introduction to ICS for the LEO 
903 ICS 700.a - NIMS 
1000 Traffic Accident & Law Enforcement
1001 STARS/Accident Report Writing & Diagramming 
1002 Accident Investigation 
1003 Introduction to Traffic Radar 
1004 DWI Investigation and Reporting (SFST) 
1005 Traffic Control and Direction 
1100 Criminal Investigation
1101 Interrogation Process 
1102 Informant Use 
1103 Case and Trial Preparation 
1104 Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) 1105-1120 
1105 Introduction to Basic Investigation 
1106 Crime Scene Processing and Documentation 
1107 Fingerprint Evidence 
1108 Property Crime Investigation 
1109 Theft Investigation 
1110 Burglary Investigation 
1111 Assault Investigation 
1112 Robbery Investigation 
1113 Death Investigation 
1114 Intro to Drug Identification and Investigation 
1115 Sexual Investigation 
1116 Bad Check Investigation 
1117 Auto Theft Investigation 
1118 Criminal Intelligence 
1119 Arson and Explosives Investigation 
1120 Jurisdiction Specific Investigation 
1200 Report Writing
1201 Introduction to Report Writing 
1202 Interviewing Skills 
1203 Report Writing Exercises 
1204 Criminal History Reporting 
1300 Juvenile Justice and Procedures
1400 First Responder
Skills Development
1500 Defensive Tactics
1501 Concepts of Defensive Tactics/Use of Force 
1502 Handcuffing and Restraint Devices 
1503 Control Techniques 
1504 Active Defense Measures 
1505 Intermediate Weapons 
1506 Weapons Retention and Disarming 
1507 Ground Fighting Techniques 
1508 Mechanics of Arrest and Control 
1509 Use of Force Scenarios 
1600 Firearms
1601 Fundamentals of Marksmanship 
1602 Shooting Stance/Loading/Dry Fire 
1603 Skill Development - Handgun 
1604 Handgun Qualification 
1605 Shotgun Introduction 
1606 Skill Development - Shotgun 
1607 Shotgun Qualification 
1608 Stress Combat Course 
1609 Night Fire – Handgun/Shotgun 
1610 Shooting Decisions 
1700 Physical Training and Wellbeing
1701 Physical Training 
1702 Stress Management 
1703 Health, Fitness and Nutrition 
1800 Driver Training
1801 Emergency Maneuver Techniques 
1802 Skill Development Day/Night 
1803 Fundamentals of Law Enforcement Driving 
Practical Applications
Stress Combat Practical 
Vehicle Stop Practical 
Traffic Radar Practical 
Datamaster Practical 

Course Calendar

See what courses are currently being offered at the SEMO Law Enforcement Academy.

Law Enforcement Academy Costs 

The Law Enforcement Academy offers a full-time, 800-hour, weekday class. We no longer offer a part-time weekend class. 

Classes begin twice per year in January and July and meet for 22 weeks. Both meet Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Students typically get two Friday's off per month to take care of personal business. Classes are held at our Cape Girardeau campus. 

The cost for the class depends on whether the student is taking the academy for credit bearing or not. The non-credit bearing class is $6,500. The credit bearing class is tied directly to the current tuition rate and therefore varies. Tuition for both classes includes uniforms, books, testing materials, use of academy weapons, and ammunition. 

Are you called to serve and protect?

There's a lot more to law enforcement that just enforcing the law. You'll touch the lives of people in the community. You'll get to mentor people. And, you'll help people in some of the most trying times of their lives. Ready to get started?

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