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.
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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.
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
#GVLakerEffect | College of Community and Public Service (CCPS)
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.
Grand Rapids announces new Police Chief: Deputy Chief Eric Payne takes the reins.
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).
Congratulations to this year's fall 2020 Faculty Award Recipients in the School of Criminal Justice!!!
"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
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.
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.
August 21, 2019
Forty-eight police academy recruits graduated August 15 from the Grand Valley State University Police Academy.
May 08, 2019
A record number of people are taking part of Grand Valley State University's police academy.
GVSU COLLEGE OF COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE STUDENT SURVIVAL ADVICE FOR THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC