Welcome to GVSU School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies.  As part of the College of Education and Community Innovation 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 Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies offers undergraduate degree programs in criminology, 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 Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies 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

GVSU'S POLICE ACADEMY SUCCESS STORIES

Sergeant Joy Matthews (2006) of the Kent County Sheriff's Department talks about her GVSU Police Academy experience.


Spotlights

CCPS STUDENT AWARD RECIPIENTS

CCPS STUDENT AWARD RECIPIENTS

Congratulations to all CCPS student award recipients! We would like recognize and honor your achievements in academic excellence.

Graduate Showcase 2021

Graduate Showcase 2021

This year, the Master's Criminal Justice program is represented in the (virtual) Graduate Showcase by Alyssa McCord and Cassie Merritt.

GRPD Announces New Police Chief Eric Payne

GRPD Announces New Police Chief Eric Payne

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

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News

Part-Time Employment with GVSU Department of Public Safety

Part-Time Employment with GVSU Department of Public Safety

Looking for part-time on campus employment for the fall and winter? The GVSU Department of Public Safety has an opportunity for you.

Jun 17, 2021

CCPS Advising Updates

CCPS Advising Updates

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.

Mar 19, 2020

Presidential Inauguration

Presidential Inauguration

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.

Nov 20, 2019

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