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. 

The next Police Academy Course available for enrollment is the 132nd Intensive Police Academy which is tentatively scheduled to begin on August 11, 2014 and end in January 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 first step in qualifying for this Academy is passing the POST Academy Written Entrance Examination.  That test will be offered on the Hanford campus on May 3, 2014.  Testing will be limited to 400 seats. The morning session is full, but seats are available in the afternoon session beginning at 1:30 PM.  To sign up for the written test, please click "Police Academy Exam" at the bottom of the tab list.  You will be taken to the registration page for the test.
Upon passing the written test, you will be invited to take the Pre-Academy Physical Agility Test.  The test is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 8:00 AM at the Hanford Center.  Please put that date in your calendar now as it is mandatory
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 Spring 2014 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 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: 4/15/2014 12:57 PM