What Is The Police Academy
Filling out an application for police employment is just the first in a very long line of requirements before you might even consider responding to your first barroom brawl.
The police academy (Academy) is the first assignment once an agency offers employment. Some agencies, like a sheriff’s office may allow you to begin working in their jail until an academy class begins.
While each state varies in their requirements for Academy participation, most adhere to the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) standards that set minimum standards for state certification. It’s not uncommon to hear officers say the, “POST Academy,” when referring to their earlier days.
The cadet once graduated usually returns to the agency that sent them. Although in some locations, the person personally pays to attend the Academy, and then looks for an agency to work for.
Once in an Academy, the cadet will face a rigorous curriculum based on classroom course work, physical fitness, shooting and self-defense and community policing practices.
While there is no national standard, most Academies last about 18 weeks on average. That does not include time in the field-training program. They may range from a few weeks to one year. Average class size is about 30 cadets.
This is a basic list of the topics covered during the course of most Academies:
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