Basic Peace Officer Academy
Welcome to the Tulare-Kings Counties Basic Peace Officer 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 units of college credit being awarded. All traditional college financial aid programs apply.
There are a tremendous number of job openings for law enforcement officers throughout the State of California. The Commission on P.O.S.T. lists current job openings on their website at https://post.ca.gov/law-enforcement-jobs.aspx. 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.
The next Police Academy Course available for enrollment is the 134th Intensive Peace Officer Academy which is tentatively scheduled to begin in August 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 62 seats and the application process has been highly competitive. The first step in qualifying for this Academy class is passing the POST Academy Written Entrance Examination (POST Pellet B).
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
CHAIN LINK FENCE
- Run 5 yards to a 6-foot chain link fence, climb over fence, continue running another 25 yards
SOLID FENCE CLIMB
- Run 5 yards to a 6 foot solid fence, climb over fence, continue running another 25 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 Spring 2015 semester, which begins on the second week of January. 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.