Basic Police Training

Basic Police Training

The Basic Police Training (BPT) program is based on a state-wide job analysis made by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). This demonstration of job relatedness is required by both federal and state fair employment laws. In addition, candidates who complete the mandated training requirements for Basic Police Training at the Oakland Police Academy are awarded college credits.

Training usually takes place Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm; however there are occasions when evening training is scheduled.

Classes are conducted in comfortable, climate controlled classrooms utilizing the latest in instructional hardware. We have the latest video technology as well as internet connection capabilities.

The Academy’s indoor firing range is second to none in the State of Michigan. Our computer controlled ten firing point range is located on the police academy premises, eliminating needless travel time to and from firearms training, which is often the case elsewhere.

The Oakland Police Academy is recognized as a leading police training facility in the region, consistently graduating high achievers. In large part, these outcomes are due to the exceptional quality of the instruction provided to the trainee by the academy's experienced training staff.


Tuition for self sponsored (pre-service) cadets is $5800.00.  All pre-service graduates of the Basic Police Training  program are eligible to be considered for a scholarship award. At least two awards will be presented at each Police Academy graduation ceremony.

Basic Police Training Registration Information

There is a required application and orientation process that must be attended prior to enrollment in a training session; prospective cadets must have proof of passing the MCOLES physical fitness test in order to attend the orientation.  Please note: MCOLES requires that all applicants must be certified in AED and CPR in order to be admitted to the academy. 
Next Basic Police Academy will be in session August 3, 2020 through December 4, 2020. 
Orientation: The next orientation date is July 8, 2020 at 6:00PM in Building J, Room 110.
Contact 248.232.4222 for information regarding orientation materials.



Gayles Zirwes
Phone 248.232.4222


Oakland Police Academy
Oakland Community College -Auburn Hills Campus
2900 Featherstone Rd
Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2845