On October 23, 2002, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office dedicated a new state-of-the-art-training academy located at 9225 S. 68th St. Franklin, Wisconsin. The academy is a 46,500 square foot facility that includes 8 classrooms, 2 lecture halls, a physical training room, mock training cells, 3 standard pistol ranges with a total of 20 firing points and an indoor 360 degree tactical firearms training room. Four of the classrooms can be joined and expanded to seat between 20 to 200 individuals. The two lecture halls each have seating for 57 people and can be joined so that up to 130 people can observe the same lecturer. The tactical firearms training room, or shoot house, allows realistic scenario based training.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Training Academy provides up-to-date law enforcement training for Milwaukee County Sheriff's Deputies and law enforcement officers from agencies throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. The training academy mission is to mentor, train, educate and assist members of the agency so they have the knowledge and resources needed to achieve their divisional objectives. The training academy prepares law enforcement officers to serve the community professionally and focuses on ethics and leadership. It provides basic law enforcement as well as advanced training. The training academy instills integrity, excellence, professionalism, and leadership as core principals in all officers that come through our doors. Academy staff are sworn personnel who use their career experiences to enhance the training they provide.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office conducts training for applicants wishing to receive their law enforcement certification. Applicants must pass a background check, interview process, and be accepted into the academy. Law enforcement training is a14-week (560 hours) law enforcement course certified by the State of Wisconsin. It combines educational lectures, class participation, physical activities, physical participation, written and physical testing. To complete the course a student must attain a 75% average on all tests; successfully pass the physical proficiencies in Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Vehicle Stops, Interpersonal Communications and Ethics. Trainees take the learned material and apply it to realistic scenarios, which are used as the final determination to pass the course. Extra curriculum has been added to our program, and includes; Taser user certification, certification as a patrol rifle operator, ground defense and active shooter response. This additional training has been added at no cost to the student to enhance their training and marketability to potential employers. A graduation ceremony is held for students who pass the course and is attended by the officer's families, friends and Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office Command staff and academy instructors.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office training academy also conducts two separate 4-week (160 hour) certification programs; one for Jail Officers and one for Secure Juvenile Detention Officers whom are already employed at various southeastern Wisconsin agencies. Both training programs are certified by the State of Wisconsin and combine lectures, physical activities, class participation, and physical and written testing. To successfully complete the jailor certification or secure juvenile detention certification, officers must attain a 75% average on all written exams and demonstrate competency in the physical skills of Principles of Subject Control. Officers apply the learned materials to realistic scenarios and must proficiently complete numerous scenarios to pass the course.
Adjacent to the Training Academy is a memorial dedicated to the eleven Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputies that died in the line of duty while in service to the Milwaukee County community. The statute, titled "Call to Duty" sits atop a five-foot high octagonal marble base where each of the officer's names is inscribed. The site was selected because it can be viewed from the Academy's main hall and will constantly remind deputies and students of the sacrifices all officers make to the community.