IUPD Police Academy

The Indiana University Police Department employs full-time sworn police officers. Along with these full-time officers, numerous part-time police officers and student cadets assist with all function of public safety at Indiana University. The full-time and student police officers are all fully certified as law enforcement officers by the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board. These police officers meet the same standards as all other law enforcement officers in the State of Indiana.

The Indiana University Police Organization comprises over 200 full and part-time employees serving on six of the seven campuses.

The IU Police Organization is one of the larger university police organizations in the United States and is among the 12 largest law enforcement organizations in the state.

The IU Police Department has developed a comprehensive and unique law enforcement training program which, when coupled with the University's educational programs, produces a highly qualified, experienced, and educated law enforcement professional.

The cadet officer program allows full-time Indiana University students to work in a law enforcement agency while pursuing a degree. In addition to gaining law enforcement experience, the student receives accreditation as a state certified law enforcement officer.

Recruiting takes place each year starting in September. Those students who will be sophomores or juniors on participating campuses of Indiana University the following August will be considered. Selection will be based on overall qualifications. Students are required to maintain their academic status in good standing throughout the program. To receive an application contact the Indiana University Police Department.

The Cadet program and the part-time officer program are normally each one year in length. The programs offer education, training and experience, as well as an opportunity to work within the criminal justice system. Students are normally enrolled in an academic concentration related to criminal justice although any major field of study is acceptable. Academy training and work experiences supplement these academic pursuits. In addition, some academic departments award credit for participation in the program.

Cadets selected in April of each year will attend the cadet school in August just prior to the start of the fall semester. Upon successful completion, each cadet will perform those duties that do not require police authority. Hourly wages are paid for formal training schools and for cadet duties during the year.

Cadets may apply for the Officer Program held during the first and second summer sessions after the cadet year. If accepted into the program, the cadets receive all of the law enforcement training required by the State of Indiana. Upon successful completion, the cadets are commissioned as officers with full police authority. They then return to their campuses to continue part-time (12-20 hours a week) work until graduation.

To read more about the many opportunities available through the program, use the links above.

Send an email to: iupd_training@indiana.edu for more information about applying to the IU Police Academy.

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