Welcome to the GVSU School of Criminal Justice.  As part of the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University we are focused on increasing the understanding of justice based issues for students, practitioners, policymakers and community members.  The School of Criminal Justice offers undergraduate degree programs in criminal justice and legal studies; graduate degree in criminal justice; special certification program in our police academy and military basic training academy; paralegal studies certificate.  

The School of Criminal Justice faculty consists of full-time faculty and part-time adjunct faculty members providing local, regional, national, and global perspectives of  crime and justice issues in the classroom and through their scholarship.



CONSIDER JOINING THE 47TH CLASS OF GVSU'S POLICE ACADEMY FOR 2021

The GVSU Police Academy is a 16-week intensive program that meets the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) training requirements and prepares students for the Michigan Law Enforcement Licensing Examination. The academy is conducted during the spring and summer semester, April through August. Admission is highly competitive and enrollment is limited.

For more information, see the Police Academy website or contact Williamson Wallace at (616) 331-8515 or wallacew@gvsu.edu.

GVSU POLICE ACADEMY CLASS OF 2020

The GVSU Police Academy's 2020 class.

  • Established in 1974
  • Conducted on the Allendale campus  
  • GVSU Police Academy graduates to date = 1,261
  • Instructional & support staff = 65 (95% active / former law enforcement)
  • Length of program = 16 weeks
  • MCOLES mandatory curriculum = 594 hrs. (GVSU enhanced to 681 hrs.)
  • GVSU academic credit hours earned = 15 hrs. (CJ 415, 416, 417, 418, & 419)
  • Average class size* = 26
  • Program completion rate* = 96%
  • Licensing exam pass rate* = 100%
  • Employment rate* = 81%

* 10-year average


Regional strategies work best during times of disaster, GVSU researcher says

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Spotlights

Dr. Jaclyn Cwick - The Inside Out Prison Exchange Program

This month's #CCPSCommunityConnections segment on The WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin featured Dr. Jaclyn Cwick, assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice at #GVSU.

GRPD Announces New Police Chief Eric Payne

Grand Rapids announces new Police Chief: Deputy Chief Eric Payne takes the reins.

The Latest - Lakers Guiding Lakers

This fall, Terrell and Matt Rogers, both GVSU criminal justice students, became the first from their program to intern at Covenant House Academy Grand Rapids (CHAGR).

Fall 2020 School of Criminal Justice Faculty Award Recipients

Congratulations to this year's fall 2020 Faculty Award Recipients in the School of Criminal Justice!!!

Rob Howard

"The professors that I interacted with had a lot of experience and they had a lot of knowledge in the classroom as well. That really inspired me to come back and it also inspired me for the work I'm doing." - Rob Howard, Criminal justice graduate student

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News

CCPS Advising Updates

March 19, 2020

You are already half-way through your first week of remote learning. We thought it would be helpful to provide some additional resources to you. Please see below for both academic and non-academic services and tools.

Presidential Inauguration

November 20, 2019

On November 15th, graduate assistant, Chase (Sky) Christenson represented the school of criminal justice at Philomena V. Mantella's presidential inauguration by presenting his research on intimate partner violence offenders.

GVSU Police Academy holds 45th Graduation Ceremony

August 21, 2019

Forty-eight police academy recruits graduated August 15 from the Grand Valley State University Police Academy.

GVSU Training Record Number of Police Recruits

May 08, 2019

A record number of people are taking part of Grand Valley State University's police academy.

Dr. Patrick Gerkin

February 14, 2019

Dr. Patrick Gerkin receives Pew Teaching Excellence Award at 12th Annual Faculty Awards Convocation

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Events

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GVSU COLLEGE OF COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE STUDENT SURVIVAL ADVICE FOR THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Student Survival Advice for the COVID-19 Pandemic 


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