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As the scope of law enforcement's responsibilities and tasks continue to expand, the need for broadened and effective training has never been more critical. Today's line officers and leaders must be trained and capable of addressing a wide variety of challenges including changes in the law, evolving technology, substance abuse and a growing mental health crisis, to name a few.

Before an individual can become an Ann Arbor police officer, s/he must either:

  • Complete a Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES​) approved police academy – minimum 594 hours.

  • Successfully pass the MCOLES Recognition of Prior Training and Experience (RTPE) Program – This consists of a written exam and firearms proficiency test for those individuals that have at least one year of full-time law enforcement experience out of state.

Once hired, all new Ann Arbor police officers must successfully complete seven weeks of additional training commonly referred to as the Ann Arbor In-house Academy.  Here the new officers learn Ann Arbor's policies, procedures and ordinances. It is only after the successful completion of the In-h​ouse academy that the officer will begin the field training program – an intense 16-week process where the new officer gains on-the-job training from a veteran.

Ann Arbor's commitment to training does not end here.  Officers in the Ann Arbor Police Department are among the most highly trained law enforcement personnel in the state.  The department remains committed to continued training and education for every officer so that each can be prepared for a changing and dynamic world.

AAPD Training Summary​ (PDF)​

AAPD Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)​

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