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  • Where are you located?
    We are located in the Public Safety building behind the main campus of Mineral Area College. If you enter the college's main entrance from Highway 32, follow Dixie Kohn Drive all the way around the college. We will be the last building on the right before you exit at Highway O.
  • What are your hours?
    Our academy is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM.
  • How long is your Academy?
    We have two academy classes. Our day academy is nine months and runs from August to May each year. Our evening academy is ten months and runs from January to December each year, with a summer break in June and July.
  • How much does the academy cost?
    The cost for the academy is approximately $8,400. The amounts listed below are approximate and are subject to change at any time.
  • Is the academy covered by financial aid?
    Yes, the academy is covered by financial aid. For more information on financial aid, or how to apply, please visit our financial aid website.
  • How old do I need to be to apply?
    Applicants should be at least 19 years old; however, the state licensure (POST) exam cannot be taken until the student is 21 years old.
  • Will I need further training after I complete the academy?
    Missouri POST requires 600 hours of law enforcement instruction for a Class A license. You will graduate from MACLEA with 1000 hours of law enforcement training and instruction. Missouri POST requires 24 hours of yearly continuing education. Peace officers licensed prior to Jan. 1, 2022 must obtain 24 hours of Continuing Law Enforcement Education (CLEE) by Dec. 31, 2022, with at least 8 of the 24 hours coming from an "Approved Provider" of training. Of these 24 hours, officers must obtain a minimum of: 2 hours in Legal Studies; 2 hours in Technical Studies; 2 hours in Interpersonal Perspectives; 2 hours of Skill Development in the area of Firearms; 16 hours of Electives (Any of the above-listed core curricula areas); 1 hour of Racial Profiling training; 1 hour of Implicit Bias training; and 1 hour of De-escalation training. Racial Profiling, Implicit Bias, and De-escalation training are part of the required 24 hours, not in addition to it.
  • How do I apply to the Academy?
    Simply fill out our online application here. Once your application is received, you will be mailed a letter with information on the next steps in your enrollment process.
  • I applied to the Academy. What do I do next?
    You must also apply as a student at MAC and make sure your FAFSA is complete. All students must fill out the FAFSA, even if they don't plan on using financial aid. We recommend completing these two steps as early as possible to ensure your financial aid is on file and available when your academy classes begin. After we receive your initial application for MACLEA and your $100 application fee, you will be put on a list for testing. A letter will be mailed to you with details of your testing date and what you will need to bring to your testing.
  • Will I earn college credits during the academy?
    Yes. Academy students will earn 46 college credits throughout their time in the academy.
  • Will I earn an Associate Degree while in the academy?
    No. MACLEA is an Advanced Basic Training Academy, which means instead of the general education classes needed to receive an associate's degree, you will receive 400 hours of law enforcement training above the 600 hours required by the state of Missouri. If you would like to complete the general education requirements needed for an associate degree, options can be discussed with the academy director and your college navigator.
  • What is the academy entrance testing process?
    Please see the PDF file below for detailed information on our academy entrance testing process.
  • How do I apply for financial aid?
    For more information on financial aid, including how to apply, please visit our financial aid website here.
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