Course Information

Unit numbers as used by the Law Enforcement Training  Academy correspond to unit numbers of various instructional units as set forth in the POST Rules, August, 2002 revision, under section 1110-7-.01 (1) through (14).

Courses are subject to change based on POST regulations and/or requirements.

Hours of Instruction

Unit Topical headings of units Academy Minimum P.O.S.T.
    Hours Hours Required
1 Firearms 43 40
2 Emergency Medical Training 20 20
3 Patrol Procedures 100 100
4 Interpersonal Communications 25 25
5 Professional & Ethical conduct 5 3
6 Physical defense tactics/physical fitness 60 40
7 Criminal & Constitutional Law & procedures 54 50
8 Written Communications 20 18
9 Human Relations 30 30
10 Criminal Justice System 11 11
11 Police Stress 9 9
12 Administration 16 3
13 Emergency Vehicle Operation 40 40
14 Defensive Driving - safety 4 4
  Total Hours 437 400

Course Descriptions

Unit 1 – Firearms

Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hrs
1.1 Weapons Safety Classroom Instruction in the safe handling, storage, service, and use of Law Enforcement Firearms 6
1.2 Firearms Courses of fire Various courses of instruction in the use of handgun and shotgun 37

Unit 2 - Emergency Medical Training

Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hrs
2.1 American Heart Association - Basic Life Support Plus CPR, Testing, and Certification Basic cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and certification 8
2.2 American Heart Association Automated External Defibbulator Training Instruction in the use of AED, Testing and Certification 4
2.3 Epilepsy and Seizure Recognition Instruction in the recognition of seizures 2
2.4 Infectious Diseases, Pathogens, and Universal Precautions Instruction in self protective measures 2
2.5 Basic First Aid Recognition of Diabetic Conditions, Patient Stabilization Basic information for first responders to traffic crashes and other medical situations 4

Unit 3 - Patrol Procedures

Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hrs
3.11 Basic At-Scene Crash Investigation - IPTM Basic investigation methods in traffic crashes 12
3.2 Various Types of Patrol Procedures Various methods for interaction with persons during enforcement activity  
3.21 Conducting Complete Traffic Stops - NHTSA - Certification Methods of observation and investigation of individuals during traffic enforcement 6
3.22 Misdemeanor Traffic Stops Methods of conducting unknown risk traffic stops 3
3.23 Misdemeanor Traffic Stop Practicum Practicum of unknown risk traffic stops 1
3.24 Felony Traffic Stops Methods of conducting known risk traffic stops 1
3.25 Felony Traffic Stops Practicum Practicum of known risk traffic stops/ scheduled with 3.23 1
3.26 Vehicle Search Methods Instruction in safe techniques for searching vehicles 1
3.31 Applied Terry Stops Patrol observation and citizen contact techniques 3
3.41 Surviving Edged Weapons Course Instruction in edged weapons and awareness 2
3.41 Spontaneous Knife Defense Instruction in officer survival against edged weapons. 8
3.42 Ultimate Survivors Instruction in mental and physical aftereffects of survival situations (now in 11.2)  
3.43 Hostage Officers Survival Instruction in extreme defensive tactics for exceptional situations 2
3.44 Mental Preparation for Armed Confrontations Instruction in mental preparation for hostile situations 4
3.45 Methamphetamine Lab Safety Instruction in awareness of Meth lab dangers 1
3.46 Simunitions Orientation Instruction in Simulations Training Safety Protocols 1
3.51 Crimes in Progress Response Class Instruction in the safe approach to crimes in progress 2
3.52 Crimes in Progress Practicum Practicum (2 dynamic simulation labs @ 2 hours each) 4
3.53 Building Clearing Classroom Instruction in accepted methods of clearing buildings of suspects 2
3.54 Building Clearing Practicum Practicum 2
3.61 NHTSA DUI Detection Instruction in the observation, investigation, arrest, and prosecution of DUI offenses 20
3.62 Traffic Control Classroom Instruction in traffic flow and control 2
3.63 Traffic Control Practicum Practicum 1
3.71 Crime Scene Protection Classroom Patrol response to crime scenes 3
3.73 Chain of Evidence Procedures Instruction in the methods of evidence submission and chain of custody Included in 7.22  
3.74 TBI Crime Lab Evidence Submission Procedures Instruction in the accepted methods of evidence submission to the TBI Lab Included in 7.22  
3.76 Arson and Explosives Instruction in the common methods of arson and detection 2
3.91 Child Sexual Abuse Intervention Classroom/ Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Instruction in the investigation and intervention in suspected child abuse cases and unexplained child death 4
3.10.11 Domestic Violence Response Instruction in the methods of patrol response to domestic violence 3
3.10.12 Hostage Negotiations Instruction in the methods of patrol response to hostage situations and barricaded suspects 2
3.11.11 Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Training (OCAT) Basic Certification Course - 4 hour OCAT - OC Spray Dynamic Practicum in Chemical Weapons 7
3.12.01 TEMA Awareness Training Hazardous Materials Training in Hazardous materials awareness 4
3.13.01 Basic Street Narcotics Investigations Classroom Instruction in basic concepts of narcotics investigation 3
3.14.01 Patrol Tactics and Dynamic Scenario Evaluation Review of behaviors conditioned during Scenario training 2
3.15.01 Basic Law Enforcement Course Review Overview of Course and Review of Non-Legal Material 2
3.16.01 Introduction to Federal LE investigations Instruction in methodology differences in investigations at fed level 2

Unit 4- Interpersonal Communications

Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hrs
4.10.00 Interviewing Witnesses Instruction in the interview of witnesses to crime including neighborhood canvas 4
4.21 Sex Crimes Investigations Victim of sex crime interviews 4
4.3 Basic Street Spanish Introduction to the use of the Speedy Spanish pocket guide 2
4.4 Ethical Informant Management Instruction in ethical and practical aspects of informant management 2
4.51 Verbal Judo Police and citizen contacts and verbal communications 10
4.52 Verbal Judo and Citizen Contacts Using 7 step contact method in the community 1
4.53 Verbal Judo and Professional Traffic Stops Using 8 step contact method in the traffic stop 1
4.6 Field Contacts Interviewing Skills in Police / Citizen Contacts 1

Unit 5- Professional and Ethical Conduct

Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hrs
5.1 IACP Code of Ethics Included 5.3  
5.2 Political Influence Included 5.3  
5.3 Ethics, Integrity and Community Oriented Policing Instruction in practical application of ethics in citizen contacts 5

Unit 6 - Physical Defense Tactics

Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hrs
6.1 Physical Fitness Training Various courses designed to develop student ability to perform physical skills in various situations 29
6.21 PPCT Basic Recruit Course Methods of suspect control, apprehension, and self defense. 34
6.3 Various Unarmed Self Defense Tactics Contained 6.21  
6.4 Baton Use Contained in 6.21  
6.5 Control of Emotionally Disturbed Contained 6.21 and 9.2  

Unit 7 - Criminal and Constitutional Law and Procedures

Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hrs
7.1 Restraint of Powers Instruction in concepts related to police restraint of powers 2
7.11 4th Amendment Instruction in legal concepts relating to police restraint in searches and seizures of persons and property 12
7.12 Use of Force by Police Case Law and Considerations Instruction in constitutional and legal restraints in use of force against a citizen 3
7.13 Pursuit Workshop Instruction in moral and legal aspects of police pursuit of fleeing vehicles 3
7.2 Post Arrest and Pre-Trial Statutory Procedures Instruction in legal aspects of Post arrest constitutional requirements 4
7.21 Lineups and citizen rights Instruction in the proper method of legally conducting identification procedures 2
7.22 Evidence and Criminal Procedure Instruction in procedures 3
7.3 Civil Liability of Police Instruction in Civil liability concepts of police actions 4
7.41 Basic Law Introduction to basic concepts relating the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th amendments to US constitution 2
7.42 Tennessee Statutes relating to property crime Instruction in Tennessee Statutes relating to property crime 4
7.43 Tennessee Statutes relating to personal crime Instruction in Tennessee Statutes relating to personal crime 4
7.44 Tennessee Statutes relating to victimless crimes Instruction in Tennessee Statutes relating to crimes against society 4
7.45 Tennessee Statues relating to domestic violence Instruction in effective case preparation for prosecution of Domestic Violence cases 2
7.46 Tennessee Laws relating to Traffic Enforcement Instruction in laws related to traffic enforcement (DUI, Roadblocks, etc.) 4
7.47 State and Federal Weapons Laws Instruction in laws related to weapons regulation and enforcement 3
7.6 Testifying in Court Instruction in the methods of introduction of testimony in court 1
7.7 Final Legal Review Review of all concepts of basic law and US Constitutional Amendments 2
7.8 Final Legal Examination Examination focused on concepts learned from legal courses 2

Unit 8 - Written Communications

Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hrs
8.1 Police Reports Instruction in methods for competing various police reports 2
8.11 Internal Documentations Included in 8.1  
8.12 Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System Introduction to TIBRS System 3
8.13 Tennessee Crash Investigation Report New Crash Report and State Certification in its completion 4
8.2 Written Narratives Instruction in methods for writing effective narrative reports 2
8.21 Affidavits of Complaint Instruction in preparation for submission of observation to court 2
8.22 Statements Included 8.2  
8.23 Report Narratives Evaluation of student performance on written narratives 1
8.24 Search Warrant Affidavit Introduction included 8.2  
8.3 Writing Skills Instruction in updated methods for making notes and studying materials 4
8.31 Study Skills Development Included 8.31  
8.32 Notetaking Included 8.31  
8.33 Writing Laboratory Evaluation of Submitted Reports - No Class Time  
8.4 DUI Affidavit Preparation Instruction in case preparation for DUI prosecutions 2

Unit 9 - Human Relations

Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hrs
9.1 Cultural Diversity Introduction to concepts relating to diversity and community service 2
9.11 Verbal Judo - Introduction to Cultural Diversity Perspectives on cultures and the impact of the spoken word for police 2
9.12 Victim Impact Panel Introduction to Victim perspective on various criminal acts 1
9.2 Psychology of Human Behavior Introduction to control principles and Psychology 2
9.21 Deviant Behavior and Emotional Disturbances Instruction related to emotionally disturbed persons 2
9.3 Criminology Included 9.8  
9.4 Basic Street Gang Culture Introduction to behavior of criminal street gangs 4
9.5 Sexual Harassment Orientation Introduction to fundamental concepts regarding behavior in a professional organization 2
9.61 Fundamentals and Introduction Introduction to domestic terrorism 2
9.62 Emergency Response to Terrorism - Awareness Certification Introduction to terrorism both foreign and domestic 4
9.71 Fundamentals of Crime Prevention Introduction to contemporary crime control and prevention programs 2
9.72 Fear and Violence in the Community Instruction in an overview of violence in American society 2
9.81 Verbal Judo & Police Subculture Introduction to police role in the community and the officer impact on crime 2
9.91 Introduction to Community Oriented Policing FLETC based course that introduces community service paradigm 4
9.92 Crimes Against the Elderly / TRIAD Included 9.91  
9.93 Problem solving in the Community Included 9.91  

Unit 10 - Criminal Justice System

Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hrs
10.1 Court System & Domestic Violence Introduction to the court system and its role from the crime victim point of view 1
10.2 Various Police Agencies and Roles Included in 10.1  
10.21 Local, State, and Federal Agency Jurisdiction Included in 10.1  
10.3 Corrections Introduction Introduction to Corrections 2
10.31 Parole, Probations, and Community Corrections Included 10.3  
10.4 Courtroom and Judicial Security Introduction to Concepts of Courtroom and Judicial Security 1
10.51 Introduction to Civil Process Introduction to the Civil Justice System and remedies for civil offenses 2
10.6 POST Standards Professional Police standards introduction 2
10.7 Testifying in Court Practicum Practical experience in interaction with the court system 3

Unit 11 - Law Enforcement Stress

Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hrs
11.1 Recognition of Stress Recognition of common stressors in Law Enforcement 2
11.2 Critical Incident Stress Instruction in the methods of coping with critical incident stress 1
11.3 Law Enforcement Marriages Instruction in the role of communication in law enforcement marriages 4
11.4 Principles of Fitness and Nutrition Instruction in the roles of fitness & proper nutrition in stress management 2

Unit 12 - Administration

Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hrs
12.1 Introduction and Orientation Various activities relating to 1110 -7-.05 POST (1999) 3
12.2 Testing – Weekly Testing on various topics - both pre and post testing, Test review, and graduation 13

Unit 13 - Emergency Vehicle Operations

Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hrs
13.1 Basic Vehicle Dynamics Course – Classroom Instruction in vehicle dynamics and safety 2
13.2 Non Emergency Vehicle Operations Practical training on driving track 22
13.3 Emergency Vehicle Operations Instruction in state laws and policy regarding Emergency Vehicle operation 11
13.4 Pursuit Driving Dynamics Practical training in the operation of the law enforcement vehicle while under effects of Sympathetic Nervous System activation included in 13.3  
13.5 Pursuit Driving Model Policy Instruction in Tennessee Municipal League model policy - included in 7.13  

Unit 14 - National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course or Equivalent

Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hrs
14 AAA Defensive Driver Course Instruction regarding Non Emergency Vehicle Operations and Defensive Driving 4