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Two MACLEA students learn how to dust for fingerprints.


MACLEA offers two academies a year; the 1000 Hour Day Academy and the 1000 Hour Evening Academy.  Both academies provide students with the knowledge and training needed to obtain a POST License. The student will earn 46 college credits after the completion of the academy. MACLEA also offers a full range of Continuing Education Hours (CEH) for licensed Missouri peace officers at both the student and instructor levels.

Mineral Area College Law Enforcement Academy held its first training class in 1994. We take pride in preparing recruits mentally, physically, ethically, and with proficiency of skills to perform the police duties at a high level of competency. Throughout the program, students will participate in classroom instruction, intense physical training, and live training exercises.

Law Enforcement Academy


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the training course. State certification testing will be withheld until the trainee turns 21 years of age.

  • Must have a high school diploma/GED, US Birth Certificate or proof of US citizenship, and a valid Missouri driver's license.

  • Applicants will have to pass a reading comprehension and psychological exam, physical assessment, and an extensive background check before being accepted into the law enforcement academy.

  • Trainees are required to pass the Missouri Certification Examination at the end of the training to receive state certification. Trainees who fail this examination after three attempts shall repeat the basic training or wait one year from the third attempt to take the exam again.

For the full list of requirements and regulations, please download this PDF


  • Tuition: $6,700

  • Application & Testing Fee: $100

  • Fingerprint and Background Fee: $44.80*

  • Lab Fee: $500

  • Uniforms: $955.23*

  • Bookstore: $385.69*

  • Graduation Fee: $50
    Approximate total cost: $8,750.72

* Amounts are approximate and subject to change

Updated on November 20, 2023

Academy Requirements
Tuition & Fees


The 1000 Hour Day Law Enforcement Academy includes 600 hours of basic training plus 400 hours of advanced training. It runs two semesters starting in August and graduating in May of each year. Classes run Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 3 PM. Day academy students will have a holiday break from mid-December to the first week of January.

MACLEA students at the shooting range during firearms training.
Day Academy


The 1000 Hour Evening Law Enforcement Academy includes 600 hours of basic training plus 400 hours of advanced training. It runs two semesters starting in January and graduating in December of each year. Classes run Monday through Friday from 5 PM to 10 PM. Evening academy students will have a summer break from mid-May to the first week of August. 

MACLEA students pose for a picture before class.
Evening Academy

Rebecca Voyles, Recruit

"Fun and friendly staff. Plenty of knowledgeable training was received throughout the 1000 hours,  a lot of hands-on and scenario-based training. MACLEA sets you up to succeed and find your path to your career."

Brittany Archibald, Recruit

"MACLEA sets the standard for future law enforcement officers. The instructors and staff are knowledgeable and motivating. I am proud to say I am a recruit here."

Marc Block, Recruit

"Mineral Area Law Enforcement Academy is a highly professional training facility that has pushed us outside our comfort zone. The instructors truly care about the academy and know what is needed to be taught to excel in a career in law enforcement."
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