Law Enforcement Academy

Students enrolled in the Law Enforcement Academy will gain a head start in this increasingly competitive field. The broad range of topics include Maine criminal law, traffic law, criminal investigations, report writing, defensive tactics, use of force options, ethics, legal subjects and human relations. The course is designed to help students make a career choice in the main occupations available in the field and to prepare them for further training or education in the criminal justice/law enforcement field.

Students in this program are expected to display high standards of ethical and moral behavior, in and out of the classroom, that reflect professionalism, respect, commitment, dedication, pride, self-discipline and teamwork. The curriculum is delivered through lecture, videos, hands-on applications, demonstrations and practical scenarios. Major topics in the course include: MARC Training, physical fitness, drill & ceremony, situational use of force options (pepper spray, taser, baton, firearms), low/high risk stops, crime scene processing and weekly report writing assignments. Students in the course are expected to be clean shaven, to keep their hair well groomed. Uniforms, boots and equipment will be provided.

Second Year students will participate in Ride Alongs/Work Studies. The Law Enforcement Academy is a valuable experience to prepare those considering a career in the military.

Qualities of a Successful Student:

  • Communication
  • Compassion & empathy
  • Integrity / Ethics
  • Critical thinking
  • Physical fitness
  • Self-control

Sample Wage Potential: POLICE OFFICER (2018 O*Net estimates)

  • Maine: Median $49,860; Top 90% $64,130
  • National: Median $61,380; Top 90% $101,620

Certifications Offered:

  • Handgun Safety
  • First Aid/CPR/AED

College Credit Opportunities:

  • Husson University

Instructor: Lt. Peter Couture,

Pictured below:  Law Enforcement Academy students engaging in MARC training (Methods of Arrest, Restraint, and Control) with one of our training dummies (for COVID purposes – in non-pandemic times students work on MARC skills with real live people along with their instructors from the Augusta Police Department, MARC certified instructors Sgt. Whitten and Officer Daley).