YOU CAN ATTEND THE NLETC
The Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center is an open enrollment institution to all applicants meeting admission standards. Historically, the majority of entry-level students in each class have been employees of a law enforcement agency at the time of their admission. But it is also anticipated that more students will be admitted from the Community College AAS in Nebraska Law Enforcement degree programs.
WHO ARE OUR STUDENTS?
The minimum age of our students is set by statute at 21 years of age. There is no statutory maximum age. The physical condition of the individual and their ability to sustain the rigorous training are the major determining factors. While the average age for each class is 28, each class contains many students who are making mid-life career changes into the law enforcement profession. We routinely have students in their 50's who successfully complete the course.
The minimum educational requirement for admission is a high school diploma or GED. The educational level of each class varies, but about 1/3 have an associate degree or higher. About another 1/3 have accumulated some post-secondary hours, but have not received a degree. While academically demanding, instruction is delivered at an 11th grade reading and comprehension level. Diligence and good study habits are more indicative of academic success than educational level.
About 1/4 of the students in each class have had previous successful military service. These students bring a dedication to public service and a level of maturity that makes them attractive applicants for law enforcement jobs.
Females constitute around 10% of each class, which mirrors the number of women in active law enforcement jobs in Nebraska. Female students do well in the training program, and are actively recruited by law enforcement agencies.
Obtaining the required training and receiving your diploma enhances your employment opportunities. Many agencies prefer to hire individuals who have already completed their required training. Having your diploma in hand when you begin your job search will give you more options as to salary, size of department, and location. In many instances, diploma students have been hired while they were enrolled in the course. While the Training Center cannot guarantee placement, we will do everything we can to assist you.
Our students are a diverse group with the common goal of realizing a career in law enforcement. No matter your situation, you will likely find individuals similar to you in your class.