Tulare-Kings Counties

Basic Peace Officer Academy

 Recruitment Process for Spring Academies
Begins September 6, 2016


Four Written Testing Dates set for October


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.  All traditional college financial aid programs and Veteran's benefits apply.

PoliceAcadLogo.pngThere 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 there are a number of agencies that hire top-quality candidates and pay for them while they attend the police academy, the majority of agencies, particularly in the Central Valley, require the completion of a police academy prior to employment.  Completion of our Academy Program allows students to serve in municipal, county and most state law enforcement agencies throughout California.

Our 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 (139th Class) is scheduled to begin in February 6, 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 (138th Class) is scheduled to begin on January 7, 2017

There are four (4) test dates scheduled for the POST PELLETB Entrance Examination.  To take the test, you must sign-up on-line for one of the test dates.  The POST test can only be taken once every 30 days, so do not sign-up for a test date if it is ewithin 30 days of taking the test.  There is a $10.00 fee for taking the test, which is paid when signing-up.

To sign-up for a test date, please click on one of the following test dates, which will take you to an on-line registration website (Eventbrite).

                                Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 9:00 AM at COS-Visalia      -   Sign-up Here  

                                Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 6:00 PM at COS-Hanford     -   Sign-up Here  

                                Saturday, October15, 2016 at 9:00 AM at COS-Hanford    -   Sign-up Here     

                                Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 6:00 PM at COS-Hanford   -    Sign-up Here   

If you have passed the POST PELLETB (Academy Entrance Examination) with a T-score of 42.0 or higher, within one year of the start date of the Academy class, we will accept that score and waive the written test.  The test score must be documented on the testing agency's letterhead and will be verified through POST. 

Upon passing the written test, you will be invited to take the Pre-Academy Physical Agility Test scheduled for November 5, 2016.  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 40-hour Pre-enrollment Session (PS310), 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 2016 semester, which begins on the second week of August.  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.
The Academy Program is located at the Hanford Educational Center at 925 13th Ave in the City of Hanford. 
Last Updated: 10/5/2016 11:06 AM