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. All traditional college financial aid programs and Veteran's benefits apply.
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 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.
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.
Testing for the Spring 2017 academies is completed. Testing for the Fall 2017 academy will be offered in the Spring - check this website for exact dates in February of 2017.
The Academy Program is located at the Hanford Educational Center at 925 13th Ave in the City of Hanford.