Law Enforcement Training

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Law Enforcement Training


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Educate. Protect. Serve.

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. Apply Now!

What is Law Enforcement Training Technical Certificate?

The basic Law Enforcement Technical Certificate prepares students to meet standards for law enforcement officers as established by the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST). Credit earned for the successful completion of this training may be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in Law Enforcement. Upon completion of the entire course of instruction, the student will be awarded 24 semester hours of credit. Also, the student will be eligible for certification as a peace officer in the State of Tennessee upon hire by a POST-affiliated law enforcement agency.

Currently, these courses are only available through full-time enrollment in the Law Enforcement Training Academy.  Approval from the Director of the Law Enforcement Training Academy is required for admission to the class.

What will I learn?

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to do the following:

  1. Identify the requirement, processes, and challenges of a career in law enforcement.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.
  4. Identify and apply applicable legislative principals to public service practice.
  5. Evaluate effective actions in general law enforcement situations.
  6. Analyze the functions of different components of the United States criminal justice system.
  7. Evaluate the constitutional protections offered to all citizens and connect them to general police procedures

Upcoming Academies


Spring 2018 Summer 2018 Fall 2018
Application Deadline* Tue, Jan. 2, 2018 Mon, April 16, 2018 Wed, Aug. 15, 2018
Registration/Orientation** Wed, Jan. 17, 2018 Wed, May 9, 2018 Wed, Sep. 5, 2018
First Full Day of Class Mon, Jan. 29, 2018 Mon, May 21, 2018 Mon, Sep 17, 2018
Academy Graduation Fri, April 20, 2018 Fri, Aug. 10, 2018 Fri, Dec. 7, 2018

* 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)

Fitness Training Standards

Enrollment in the Basic Law Enforcement Course involves mandatory participation in physical conditioning, defensive tactics and patrol related practicum activities.   Listed below are the physical agility, flexibility, endurance and strength activities and tasks that a student will be asked to accomplish during training.

Physical Demands of Training

Defensive tactics

This training, largely based on pressure point control, is continuous throughout the course and requires the officer to learn, practice and demonstrate on fellow students the following exercises:

  • Baton and handcuffing techniques
  • Methods of breaking holds
  • Weapon retention and disarming
  • Basic punches and kicks
  • Front, side and lateral take-down maneuvers
  • Pressure point control
  • Active counter measures
  • Joint locks

Firearms Training Courses

One week of the Basic Law Enforcement Course is devoted to firearms training.   Many of the combat and qualification courses require heavy exertion prior to and during actual firing.   In addition, a specific firearms course is designed to place heavy physical and emotional stress on the participant and includes the following criteria conducted under timed conditions:

  • Receive a radio dispatch
  • Exit a marked patrol car.
  • Run 50 yards
  • Negotiate several obstacles and interact with instructors during stressful situations.
  • Perform to acceptable standards while under Sympathetic Nervous System Activation
  • Assess and correctly identify threat targets amidst numerous distractions
  • Issue verbal commands appropriate to those threats
  • Conduct multiple timed shoot/no-shoot decisions while demonstrating proper tactics
  • Move to cover and assess further needs for assistance.

Emergency vehicle operations,  crimes-in-progress, building  searches, various vehicle and on-foot stop and approach situations. These will require physical endurance, flexibility, and situational awareness to successfully negotiate. These exercises are both training and testing in nature and will involve the use of Simunition FX Marking cartridges and protective equipment. The nature of needed student equipment is provided at orientation.

Physical Fitness

This training requires the student to perform exercises to increase endurance, flexibility and muscle development.   Physical fitness is evaluated by sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, wind sprints, distance running, etc., on a scale adjusted for age.

Evaluation standards are as follows:

Bench Press  (no age limit adjustment)
12 points          =          body weight
  7 points          =          three fourths of body weight
  4 points          =          one half of body weight

Leg Press  (no age limit adjustment)
12 points          =          twice body weight
  7 points          =          one and one-half times body weight
  4 points          =          body weight

Flexibility (no age limit adjustment)
From sitting position on floor, legs straight and feet against wall:
  12 points        =          palms flat on wall
  7 points          =          knuckles flat on wall
  4 points          =          fingertips touching wall

Physical Fitness Obstacle Course

This course is run under timed conditions. The trainee must perform 10 pushups at the starting point and then start their run. The path for their run traverses through a wooded area where the trainee must then climb through a barricade containing a window. Once through the window the trainee will run a short distance and have to crawl under two more obstacles. After those obstacles the trainee continues to run through the woods until they encounter an 8 foot wall which they must climb over. Once over this wall, in ten yards they will encounter a 4 foot wall which they must climb over. The trainee will then have 8 cement culverts they must climb over. Then the student will have a 2 foot wall to get over. There is then a 24 foot log that the student must walk on with out falling off. Once the log has been negotiated the next obstacle is a two sided set of stairs. This obstacle has five steps on either side The trainee must run up and down the stairs a total of three times and then proceed to and crawl through a 30 foot. Tunnel. Once out of the tunnel there is a 165 pound dummy that must be dragged 20 yards. The trainee will then have to run zig-zag around and through a group of barrels. The trainee will then run in a straight line, jumping over two 2 foot high walls, for a total of 75 straight yards to the finish line. The maximum time allowed to run this course is 3 minutes and 30 seconds.

Applicants must understand that the physical demands of the Academy are strenuous but satisfactory completion is mandatory to graduate.

Students should condition themselves prior to entering the Academy as they will perform physical training four days a week to prepare for the test of the obstacle course and life as an officer on the street. The student should also concentrate on running up to 3 miles at a moderate pace to prepare for the Academy. Student will also be test at the beginning week of the daily physical training and again in the final week. The trainee will have to accomplish the standards set by the trainers to pass that portion of the training.

Fitness Charts

Fitness Standards for push‐ups, sit‐ups, pull‐ups, sprint and 2 mile run. The maximum possible score when including all events (2 mile run, 100 yard sprint, sit-ups, pushups, bench press, leg press and flexibility) is 100. Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST) requires that a student must achieve a score of 75 or greater for satisfactory completion of the Academy. The Physical Fitness Obstacle Course is scored separately and a 75 or greater score is also required in that event.

Age 20‐29 30‐39 40‐49 50+
Push‐ups 40=12 35=12 30=12 25=12
One minute time limit. 35‐39=10 29‐34=10 25‐29=10 19‐24=10
12 possible points 28‐34=8 23‐29=8 18‐24=8 12‐18=8
  20‐27=6 16‐23=6 12‐18=6 7‐11=6
  12‐20=4 10‐16=4 7‐11=4 5‐7=4
  Below 12
Below 10
Below 7
Below 5
Sit‐ups 50=12 40=12 30=12 25=12
One minute time limit. 45‐49=10 35‐39=10 25‐29=10 20‐24=10
12 possible points 40‐44=8 30‐34=8 20‐24=8 15‐19=8
  35‐39=6 25‐29=6 15‐19=6 10‐14=6
  30‐34=4 20‐24=4 10‐14=4 5‐9=4
  Below 30
Below 20
Below 10
Below 5
Pull‐ups 5=12 4=12 3=12 2=12
12 possible points 4=10 3=9 2=8 1=8
  3=8 2=6 1=4 0=0
  2=6 1=4 0=0  
  1=4 0=0    
100 yard sprint 14=12 16=12 18=12 20=12
(in seconds) 15=10 17=10 19=10 21=10
12 possible points 16=8 18=8 20=8 22=8
  17=6 19=6 21=6 23=6
  18=4 20=4 22=4 24=4
  19=0 21=0 23=0 25=0
Two mile run 14:30=16 16:00=16 18:00=16 20:00=16
16 possible points 14:31‐16:40
  24:01=0 25:01=0 27:01=0 28:01=0

Obstacle Course


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 Hours Min. P.O.S.T. 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

Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hours
Unit 1 – Firearms
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
Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hours
Unit 2 - Emergency Medical Training
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 Defibrillator 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
Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hours
Unit 3 - Patrol Procedures
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
Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hours
Unit 4- Interpersonal Communications
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
Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hours
Unit 5- Professional and Ethical Conduct
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
Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hours
Unit 6 - Physical Defense Tactics
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  
Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hours
Unit 7 - Criminal and Constitutional Law and Procedures
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
Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hours
Unit 8 - Written Communications
8.1 Police Reports Instruction in methods for competing various police reports 2
8.11 Internal Documentation 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 Note Taking 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
Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hours
Unit 9 - Human Relations
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  
Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hours
Unit 10 - Criminal Justice System
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
Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hours
Unit 11 - Law Enforcement Stress
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
Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hours
Unit 12 - Administration
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
Section Course Description Instruction Description - Learning Objectives on Lesson Plan Hours
Unit 13 - Emergency Vehicle Operations
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 Hours
14 AAA Defensive Driver Course Instruction regarding Non Emergency Vehicle Operations and Defensive Driving 4

What is the cost?

  • State residents: $152 per credit hour
  • Out-of-State residents: $475 per credit hour
  • Registration fees vary but are applied to your tuition costs for summary. You can check the updated page for fees, tuition, and expenses.

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  • A student is encouraged to apply early for financial aid. He/she must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the FAFSA Renewal Application as soon as possible after October 1 to ensure that the Financial Aid Office receives the Institutional Student Information Record and other documents prior to the priority deadline. July 1st is the priority deadline for applying for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Program Schedule

Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester

Police Firearms



Defensive and Tactical Driving



Community Policing for Law Enforcement



Basic Law Enforcement Procedures



Physical Defense Tactics



Introduction to Criminal Investigation



Patrol and Traffic Procedures



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  • Complete program test and exit exam in the Testing Center. Schedule to take your exams by going to
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