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Military Police Basic Training Program - UPDATED March 19, 2015

MCOLES has developed a basic military police training program specific to military police veterans who are interested in transitioning to civilian policing. The Military Police Basic Training Program (MPBTP) offers qualifying military police veterans the option of attending a seven week (280 hour) basic police training academy, rather than the full course of study. Curriculum includes legal matters, patrol procedures, detention, police skills, traffic, and special operations. Any military police veteran interested in this program must meet all MCOLES pre-employment standards, including passing the physical fitness test (exit standard), and the reading/writing examination.  

In addition, applicants must:

  • Have performed as a military police officer for a minimum of 2080 hours in a specified law enforcement occupational specialty (MOS);
  • Have satisfactorily completed military police training at a federal service school;
  • Possess an honorable discharge or be currently serving;
  • Have discontinued employment in the specified law enforcement MOS for no more than five years before the start of the program;
  • Have proof of Professional Rescuer (AED and CPR) certification that is valid throughout the duration of the MPBTP.

On February 13, 2013, the Commission approved two training sites. They selected Grand Valley State University (located 15 miles west of Grand Rapids), and Kirtland Community College/Northwestern Michigan College (located 60 miles east of Traverse City) to conduct the sessions.  Both sessions have completed with 22 graduates successfully entering into the Michigan law enforcement landscape. 

Kirtland Community College will not be administering a Military Police Basic Training Program in 2015.  Please contact Director Tom Grace at 989-275-5000, Ext. 283 for further details.  Director Grace can also be reached via e-mail,

Grand Valley State University will begin their session on June 22, 2015 and will conclude on August 7, 2015.  For further information about a Grand Valley State University session and application deadlines, contact Director Williamson Wallace at 616-331-8515.  Director Wallace can also be reached via e-mail at

Visit this webpage for the latest updates for 2015.

Questions should be directed to Mr. Wayne Carlson at 517-322-5614 or (