Student Law Enforcement Academy

What is the Student Law Enforcement Academy (SLEA)?

The Office of Public Safety has found that education has been most effective in gaining understanding and support from the community. The Student Law Enforcement Academy offers students insights into how campus police officers perform their duties and how the department serves the community. 


The goals of SLEA are:

  • Encourage increased understanding of police operations.
  • Enhance awareness of the Department's capabilities
  • Develop realistic expectations of Emergency response.
  • Bridge the gap between the Department and the community by building trust, loyalty, and a sense of cooperation.
  • Provide a forum for police–student exchange and dialogue.

Course Description

Instruction consists of one 1-hour class held each week for six weeks. Classes will consist of part instruction and part practical.  Certified police officers, supervisors, and civilian instructors with particular expertise will conduct each topic. Classes are limited to 24 student attendees. All classes are free.  Classes will begin in March.

Course Curriculum
Courses will include but are not limited to:

  • Criminal Law/Investigations
  • Recruitment/Training
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Narcotics/VICE Investigations
  • Crime Scene Processing
  • Family Abuse/Juvenile Procedures
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Firearms Training

Who may attend the Academy?

Any student attending the University of Montana.  

When and where is the Academy?

The SLEA is held once a semester in the Spring, normally in March. Exact date and time will be posted on our FB page as well.  Classes are usually on Thursdays at 5:30pm in room 344 in the Social Science Building. This course is about 6 weeks with a break during Spring Break. Attendance is a must and Certificates are handed out upon completion.