Basic Peace Officer Academy
Welcome to the Tulare-Kings Counties Basic Peace Officer Academy. The courses are certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.). In order for someone to be eligible to serve as a full time Peace Officer in California, completion of the Basic Police Academy is required. Completion of this Academy will result in 28.5 units of college credit being awarded. Financial aid and Veteran's benefits available.
There are a large number of job openings for law enforcement officers throughout the State of California. The Commission on POST lists current job openings on their website at https://post.ca.gov/law-enforcement-jobs.aspx. While some agencies hire and pay candidates to attend an academy program, the majority throughout California prefer completion of an academy prior to employment. Completion of this Academy Program allows students to serve in municipal, county and most state law enforcement agencies throughout California.
This Academy Program offers law enforcement academy training in both the Intensive and Extended formats. Both programs fully CA POST-certified.
The Intensive Academy is a six-month course which meets weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Some evening and weekend class meetings are also scheduled. The next available Intensive Academy is scheduled to begin in August, 2017.
The Extended Academy is a ten-month course which meets on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with approximately nine Friday sessions scheduled throughout the course. This format is designed for the working adult who is able to train on weekends. This format meets all of the same training requirements as provided in the Intensive format. The next available Extended Academy is scheduled to begin on January 2018.
Interested students should consider enrolling in the Academy Preparation Course (PS313) for the semester, which is a semester course. The Academy Preparation Course meets on Thursday evenings from 6:10 - 9:00 PM and helps to prepare students for the challenges of Academy training. The course also includes a strong focus on passing the Academy Entrance Exam.
Testing for the Spring 2017 academies is completed. Testing for the Fall 2017 academy will be offered in the Spring - check this website in the "Application Schedule" tab to apply. NOTE: POST testing allows for only one test every 30 days. Do not sign up for both exams.
The Academy Program is located at the Hanford Educational Center at 925 13th Ave in the City of Hanford.