Tulare-Kings Counties

       Basic Police Academy


Welcome to the Tulare-Kings Counties Basic Police Academy. The course is certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)  In order for someone to eligible to be a full time Peace Officer in California, completion of the Basic Police Academy is required.  Completion of the this Academy will result in 29.5 units of college credit being awarded.  All traditional college financial aid programs apply.

The next Police Academy Course available for enrollment is the 133rd Intensive Police Academy which is tentatively scheduled to begin on February 9, 2015 and end in July of 2015.  This is an intensive format course which will meet on weekdays, Monday thru Friday from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Some evening and weekend class meetings are scheduled.

The Academy is limited to 60 seats and the application process is highly competitive.  The first step in qualifying for this Academy class is passing the POST Academy Written Entrance Examination.  That test will be offered on the Hanford campus in November of 2014.  Testing will be limited to 400 seats.  There will be morning and afternoon test sessions available.  Sign-ups for the written test will be accepted on this webpage beginning September 1, 2014. 
If you have passed the POST Pellet B (Academy Entrance Examination) within one year of this test date, we will accept that score and waive the written test.  The test score must be documented on the testing agency's letterhead.
Upon passing the written test, you will be invited to take the Pre-Academy Physical Agility Test.  The Pre-Academy Physical Agility Test consists of the following events:
    • Run a 99-yard obstacle course consisting of several sharp turns, a number of curb-height obstacles, and a 34-inch high obstacle that must be vaulted
    • Lift and drag a 165-pound lifelike dummy 32-feet
    • Run 5 yards to a 6-foot chain link fence, climb over fence, continue running another 25 yards
    • Run 5 yards to a 6 foot solid fence, climb over fence, continue running another 25 yards
  • 500-YARD RUN
    • Run 500 yards
Each of the five events is timed. Student performance times are converted to points and summed. Students must accumulate a total score of 300 points to pass.  A signed waiver will be required before participation in the events.
Once you have passed the Physical Agility Test, you will be notified of the dates for the mandatory Pre-enrollment Session, where the official class will be selected from those candidates.  Candidates who are not selected are placed on a reserve list and are encouraged to continue in the process, as class members will drop out prior to the start of the Academy.  
Interested students should consider enrolling in the Academy Preparation Course (PS313) for the Fall 2014 semester, which begins on the second week of August.  The Academy Preparation Course meets on Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 9:00 PM and helps to prepare students for the challenges of Academy training, including a strong focus on passing the Academy Entrance Exam.
The Academy Program is located at the Public Safety Training Center at 925 13th Ave in the City of Hanford. All public safety training including Advanced Officer Training, Police Academy and Fire Technology courses moved to this state of the art regional facility in July, of 2010.
Last Updated: 5/3/2014 11:21 AM