Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement 720 Academy

Technical Diploma

Why choose Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement 720 Academy?

  • Gain the practical skills and knowledge needed to be effective in criminal justice and meet the challenges of our changing society.
  • Apply your skills and knowledge to maintain peace, protect property, and be ready at a moment’s notice to restore order.
  • Looking for a career with variety? On any given day, a police officer may be called upon to respond to a crime in progress, help a person in crisis, assist in a medical emergency, handle a traffic crash, or enforce traffic laws. Law enforcement officers also interview suspects and witnesses, provide referral services, and work with community members.
We are able to move freely through society—and enjoy some expectation of safety—thanks to the law enforcement officers in our midst. Police officers strive to maintain peace in our homes, parks, streets, businesses, and schools. They are ready at a moment’s notice to restore order and protect life and property. Adequate preparation is important for success in this career.

Program Locations

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

What You'll Learn

This program is specifically designed for students with a minimum of 40 college credits who seek to meet the certification requirements necessary to become a law enforcement officer in the state of Wisconsin. Students must meet the entrance requirements as set forth by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Mid-State’s Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement 720 Academy prepares students to obtain state certification to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. The College does not guarantee its curriculum matches the requirements for preparation, examinations, or licensure for other states.


  • Think critically.
  • Manage emergencies.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrate professionalism.
  • Conduct investigations.
  • Interact with others.
  • Demonstrate technical skills.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2023/24 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $4,363.73
  • Books: $0
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $1,012.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $5,375.73

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for prorated Financial Aid based on length of program and/or number of credits. Aid may not be enough to cover all program costs.

Cost of Attendance

Learn more about Cost of Attendance, an estimated budget that includes categories of expenses a student can expect to incur while attending. 

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  30504503 Overview of Criminal Justice 1
  30504510 Overview of Tactics 1
  30504500 Overview of Patrol Response 2
  30504508 Principles of Investigations 1
  30504509 Principles of Tactics 5
  30504504 Principles of Emergency Vehicle Response 2
  30504507 Application of Traffic Response 3
  30504501 Physical Fitness 1
  30504511 Scenario Assessment 1
  30504502 Application of Investigations 1
  30504505 Sensitive Crimes 2
  30504506 Overview of Investigations 2
  Term Total   22 Credits
  Program Total   22 Credits



  • Police Officer
  • Conservation Officer
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Civilian Law Enforcement Employee
  • Conservation Enforcement
  • Correctional Officer
  • Homeland Security
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Park Ranger
  • Private Security
  • Public Defender Investigator
  • State Trooper
  • Telecommunicator


High school students are eligible to enroll in this program; however, some courses have age requirements. Speak to a Mid-State advisor for more information. Learn more about Mid-State Fast-Track

Who Can Apply and How

There is a separate process for admission to the Law Enforcement 720 Academy. For more information on how to apply, please contact Rick Anderson (715.422.5473)

Minimum Standards

As set forth in Wisconsin State Statute and Chapter LES 2, of Wisconsin Administrative Code:
Law Enforcement Basic Training Academy - LESB Minimum Standards

Additional Information

Technical Standards

US Citizenship is required to sit for this licensure exam. Contact your academic advisor for more information.

“I am honored to be a part of the Mid State criminal justice studies team. The chance to help educate, mentor, and train the future law enforcement officers of this state is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”


Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

TransferDual CreditCredit for Prior Learning

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