Law Enforcement Training Academy

We provide law enforcement training and education which meets the requirements of the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission and which will ensure that the citizens of Tennessee are protected and served by officers that are capable, well prepared and confident. It is our goal to provide the highest caliber of instruction and to insure that the graduates leave the training program equipped with fundamental police knowledge, skills and abilities and are sensitive and responsive to the communities they may serve.

480+ Hours – 12 Weeks

General Basic Law Enforcement Course Overview

The Academy’s intensive twelve-week Basic Law Enforcement Course session consists of instruction in 14 general instructional areas. These 14 general instructional areas are broken down into 67 individual topical areas which provides more than 480 hours of instruction.  The 43 instructors serving students are professionals who are dedicated to deliver the most updated and current curriculum. Classes are scheduled Monday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Night sessions will be scheduled at least once per week and will go until 9:00 p.m.  Some classes require activities each night.   A required materials list will be provided upon acceptance.   Psychological and Medical Evaluations are required. Acceptance to this training program is based upon compliance with all State Laws and Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Commission Guidelines. Full time Law Enforcement Officers are admitted to the program first, based upon P.O.S.T. mandates regarding law enforcement officer certification.

Candidates for the Academy are advised to well prepare themselves physically prior to actual attendance.  Physical standards that must be met for graduation will be provided along with the application.  We provide limited assistance in locating lodging since housing is not provided by Cleveland State Community College or the Academy.  Students who do not live within commuting distance have access to local motels in close proximity that have, in the past, provided lodging, double occupancy (7 day week) at the rate of $100 - $125 per person, per week.

Successful completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Course provides eligibility for the student, at the request of his/her employing law enforcement agency, to be certified by POST as a full-time police officer.  In addition, CSCC will grant 22 college credits to successful graduates. This is a POST approved course.


Spring 2016 Summer 2016 Fall 2016
Application Deadline* Mon, Jan. 4, 2016 Mon, April 18, 2016 Mon, Aug. 1, 2016
Registration/Orientation** Wed, Jan. 27, 2016 Wed, May 11, 2016 Wed, Aug. 24, 2016
First Full Day of Class Mon, Feb.1, 2016 Mon, May 23, 2016 Mon, Sep. 19, 2016
Academy Graduation Fri, April 22, 2016 Fri, Aug. 12, 2016 Fri, Dec. 9, 2016

* Applications must be received by this date.

Criminal Justice Students proceed through a competitive process for admission to the training program.

** Schedule for First Half Day of Class

Registration: 9:00 a.m. (EST) In T-138
Mandatory Orientation: from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (EST)
Mandatory First HALF Day Of Class: from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Registration/Class Location

Cleveland State Community College (CSCC)
3535 Adkisson Dr. NW
Cleveland, TN 37312
Technology Building - Room T-138