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How Long is the Standard "Police Academy" in You State?

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  1. Carrys

    Carrys Inquisitive

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    Just wondering.

    Here in Oklahoma it's about 4 months.

    They're thinking about changing it a bit. I believe that's always a good option, one can't have "too much" training. Especially as a police officer.


    Training isn't the end all be all, as we all know. It'll never take the place of real experience, but you have to start some place. But the more training one can get the better we all are, IMO.


    Sorry for the "You" instead of "Your" in the title. Fingers just too fat and slow today.
     
  2. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

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    How long is Police Academy, I think the first movie was an hour and 30 minutes long :supergrin:

    In PA the Academy is 23 weeks or one week shy of 6 months.
     

  3. Rabbi

    Rabbi The Bombdiggity Lifetime Member

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    The answer you are looking for, based on the way you answer it, isnt very well put. The amount of actual time it takes varies. Some Academies may be a live in all day every day and some may be part time a few nights a week.

    States mandate TRAINING HOURS not number of days.

    So the real question is "how many hours does your State require for a full License? (as some states have lesser degrees of licenses as well as abriviated training for certain people)

    In Texas it is 618 hours, however because of some mandates it is closer to 650 hours.
     
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    Washington State requires 720 hours. Recruits spend about 19.5 weeks on campus.
     
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    .357sigger NRA Member

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    In MO you have different levels of licensing as a peace officer. Class A, B, etc. Them minimum hours are mandated by the state for each level, but the actual length of academies will vary depending on where you go. The ones that are longer generally have a better reputation. The amount of time will vary betweeen 600-1000+ hours of training time and will be anywhere from 5 months or so to a year in length to complete. After graduation you usually will spend 1 to 3 months with a field training officer and then a year probabtionary period after that.
     
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  6. harleyfx69

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    660 or something like that in arizona,

    then FTO for a couple months,

    then probation
     
  7. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    Becoming a Peace Officer in Minnesota
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The procedure for becoming a peace officer in Minnesota has three basic components.
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    • [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] First, the candidate must complete pre-service education and training. [/FONT]
    • [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] Second, the candidate must apply for and pass the Peace Officer Licensing Exam or the Reciprocity Licensing Examination to become eligible to be licensed. [/FONT]
    • [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] Third, the candidate must meet the peace officer selection standards (established by POST Board rule) and be appointed by a law enforcement agency.[/FONT]
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    Once these three steps are completed, the candidate applies for and is issued a peace officer license.

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    Information for Prospective Students
    The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST Board) coordinates a system of licensing for all Peace Officers in the state. Any person employed as a Peace Officer by a Minnesota law enforcement agency must hold a POST Board license. In order to be licensed by the POST Board, prospective Peace Officers must pass certain selection criteria and meet specific education requirements. A three-step procedure for attaining a Minnesota Peace Officer license is as follows.
    STEP 1: PROFESSIONAL PEACE OFFICER EDUCATION (PPOE)


    • To become eligible for a Minnesota Peace Officer License, students must earn a two- or four-year degree from one of twenty one POST-certified Peace Officer education programs (list available). Interested individuals should contact any of the PPOE program coordinators for enrollment information. The coordinator can explain more about the program at that school and whether or not any previous course work may be applied toward their program.

    • Individuals who hold a two- or four-year degree from a non-POST certified school or out-of-state educational institution may not have to complete another degree program but will need to complete a PPOE program. Contact any of the PPOE coordinators to receive answers for your particular case.
    Participation Requirements for Admission to a PPOE Program (Minnesota Rules 6700.0300 Subp.5)
    No student may be admitted to a professional Peace Officer education program who:


    • Poses a serious threat to the health or safety of themselves or others;

    • Has been convicted of any crime listed as a disqualification from appointment to the position of peace officer under part 6700.0700. Minimum Selection Standards for Hiring a Person Eligible for Licensing by Law Enforcement Agencies (Minnesota Rules 6700.0700) Applicants should also be aware of the Minimum Selection Standards for hiring a person eligible for licensing by law enforcement agencies. The following is a summary of those standards as set forth in Minnesota Rules 6700.0700.
    The applicant must:


    • The applicant shall be a citizen of the United States.

    • The applicant shall possess a valid Minnesota driver's license; or in case of residency therein, a valid driver's license from another state; or eligibility to obtain either license.

    • The applicant shall complete a comprehensive written application.

    • The applicant shall submit to a thorough background search, including searches by local, state, and federal agencies, to disclose the existence of any criminal record or conduct which would adversely affect the performance by the applicant of peace officer duties.

    • The applicant must not be required to register as a predatory offender under Minnesota Statutes, section 243.166 or 243.167.


    • No applicant may be appointed to the position of peace officer who has been convicted:
      1. of a felony in this state or in any other state or federal jurisdiction;
      2. of any offense in any other state or federal jurisdiction which would have been a felony if committed in Minnesota;
      3. under Minnesota Statutes, section 609.224, 609.2242, 609.231, 609.2325, 609.233, 609.2335, 609.234, 609.324, 609.465, 609.466, 609.52, or 609.72, subdivision 3; or convicted under any state or federal narcotics or controlled substance law irrespective of any proceeding under Minnesota Statutes, section 152.18, or any similar law of another state or federal law; or
      4. of any of the crimes listed in this item in another state or federal jurisdiction, or under a local ordinance that would be a conviction if committed in Minnesota

    • The applicant shall be fingerprinted for the purpose of disclosure of any felony convictions. Fingerprint cards shall be forwarded to the appropriate divisions of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The chief law enforcement officer shall immediately notify the board if a previous felony conviction is discovered.

    • A licensed physician or surgeon shall make a thorough medical examination of the applicant to determine that the applicant is free from any physical condition which might adversely affect the performance of peace officer duties.

    • An evaluation, including an oral interview, shall be made by a licensed psychologist to determine that the applicant is free from any emotional or mental condition which might adversely affect the performance of peace officer duties.

    • The applicant shall pass a job-related examination of the applicant's physical strength and agility to demonstrate the possession of physical skills necessary to the accomplishment of the duties and functions of a peace officer.

    • The applicant shall successfully complete an oral examination conducted by or for the agency to demonstrate the possession of communication skills necessary to the accomplishment of the duties and functions of a peace officer.

    STEP 2: PEACE OFFICER LICENSING EXAMINATION

    After successfully completing the degree program, or the certificate program, students must pass the Minnesota Peace Officer Licensing Examination.

    "Violations of the following standards," according to Minnesota Rules 6700.0601, "shall be grounds to deny an applicant to take an examination or to deny eligibility for a license."

    The standards are summarized as follows:

    • Making any false material statement to the Board;
    • Communicating with any other person during the examination;
    • Unauthorized reference to books or study materials during the examination;
    • Obstructing a Board investigation;
    • Unauthorized possession of any Board examination;
    • Aiding another person in the violation of the above standards;
    • Has been convicted of any crime listed as a disqualification from appointment to the position of peace officer under part 6700.0700, subpart 1, item E.
    STEP 3: ELIGIBILITY FOR LICENSURE

    Students who have successfully completed the required PPOE and passed the Peace Officer Licensing Examination are termed "eligible to be licensed." However, completing the education requirements and passing the licensing examination does not result in licensure. Individuals who are "eligible to be licensed" are not licensed until they are hired by a law enforcement agency and can satisfy the Minimum Selection Standards listed earlier. In their hiring process a law enforcement agency may apply its own additional standards. The hiring agency also determines the physical standards its own personnel must meet.
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    Reciprocity Information
    There are two ways to qualify for reciprocity.


    1. Complete basic police training in another state or federal law enforcement, and work in a law enforcement capacity for three years following basic training and possess a post-secondary degree; or five years following basic training if you do not possess a post-secondary degree. You must have been in law enforcement within the past six years.
    2. Qualify through military police service in the U.S. military. See Military Reciprocity.
    The only way to find out for sure if you are eligible is to submit an application for reciprocity. You may print the appropriate application and mail it to POST with the requested documentation and non-refundable fee. This application cannot be submitted by fax or e-mail. Alternately, you may contact the POST board either by phone or e-mail to request that an application be mailed to you. Make sure you choose the appropriate reciprocity application: one is for out-of-state/federal government law enforcement; and the other is for military police experience. Each application and the appropriate memo should enable you to determine whether you are eligible or not, but we need to have a signed application, fee, and supporting documentation to make a final determination.

    The entire reciprocity process normally takes about two months, but can be completed sooner if need be. Exams can be scheduled on Tuesday afternoons once your application has been approved.

    MINIMUM SELECTION STANDARDS FOR
    PEACE OFFICER LICENSURE

    Minnesota Rules, Chapter 6700.0300, subp. 5(D), requires all students be advised in writing of minimum selection standards that must be met to become a licensed peace officer in Minnesota. Students are advised of these standards in order to make informed decisions about participation in the professional peace officer education program.
    If a student has been convicted of a felony in Minnesota or any other state or federal jurisdiction or any of the standards listed below, the student is barred from becoming a licensed peace officer in Minnesota.
    The following list of convictions pertains to juveniles tried as an adult or any individual 18 years of age or older. A juvenile record does not bar a student from becoming a peace officer in Minnesota.
    609.224 Assault in the fifth degree
    609.2242 Domestic Assault
    609.23 Mistreatment of persons confined
    609.231 Mistreatment of residents or patients
    609.2325 Criminal Abuse (vulnerable adult)
    609.233 Criminal Neglect (vulnerable adult)
    609.2335 Financial Exploitation (vulnerable adult)
    609.234 Failure to report (maltreatment of a vulnerable adult under MN §626.557)
    609.324 Other prohibited acts (prostitution related)
    609.465 Presenting false claims
    609.466 Medical assistance fraud
    609.52 Theft (Including petty crimes)
    609.72 Subd. 3 Disorderly conduct (re: vulnerable adult)
    243.166 Registration of predatory offenders
    243.167 Registration under the predatory offender registration law for other offenses
    6700.0700 MINIMUM SELECTION STANDARDS
    Subpart 1. Selection standards. A person eligible to be licensed shall meet the following minimum selection standards before being appointed to the position of peace officer. The appointing authority may affirm that the applicant has already completed certain of these standards, but the affirmation must be documented pursuant to subpart 2.
    A. The applicant shall be a citizen of the United States.
    B. The applicant shall possess a valid Minnesota driver's license; or in case of residency therein, a valid driver's license from a contiguous state; or eligibility to obtain either license.
    C. The applicant shall complete a comprehensive written application.
    D. The applicant shall submit to a thorough background search, including searches by local, state, and federal agencies, to disclose the existence of any criminal record or conduct which would adversely affect the performance by the applicant of peace officer duties.
    E. The applicant must not be required to register as a predatory offender under Minnesota Statutes, section 243.166 or 243.167.
    F. No applicant may be appointed to the position of peace officer who has been convicted:
    (1) of a felony in this state or in any other state or federal jurisdiction:
    (2) of any offense in any other state or federal jurisdiction which would have been a felony if committed in Minnesota;
    (3) under Minnesota Statutes, section 609.224, 609.2242, 609.231, 609.2325, 609.233, 609.2335, 609.234, 609.324, 609.465, 609.466, 609.52, or 609.72, subdivision 3; or convicted under any state or federal narcotics or controlled substance law irrespective of any proceeding under Minnesota Statutes, section 152.18, or any similar law of another state or federal law; or
    (4) of any of the crimes listed in this item in another state or federal jurisdiction, or under a local ordinance that would be a conviction if committed in Minnesota.
    G. The applicant shall be fingerprinted for the purpose of disclosure of any felony convictions. Fingerprint cards shall be forwarded to the appropriate divisions of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The chief law enforcement officer shall immediately notify the board if a previous felony conviction is discovered.
    H. A licensed physician or surgeon shall make a thorough medical examination of the applicant to determine that the applicant is free from any physical condition which might adversely affect the performance of peace officer duties.
    I. An evaluation, including an oral interview, shall be made by a licensed psychologist to determine that the applicant is free from any emotional or mental condition which might adversely affect the performance of peace officer duties.
    J. The applicant shall pass a job-related examination of the applicant's physical strength and agility to demonstrate the possession of physical skills necessary to the accomplishment of the duties and functions of a peace officer.
    K. The applicant shall successfully complete an oral examination conducted by or for the agency to demonstrate the possession of communication skills necessary to the accomplishment of the duties and functions of a peace officer.
    Subp. 2. Documentation. The chief law enforcement officer shall maintain documentation necessary to show completion of subpart 1. The chief law enforcement officer is not required to obtain documentation for subpart 1, item I, if the applicant completed part 6700.0500, subpart 3. The documentation is subject to periodic review by the board, and shall be made available to the board at its request.
    Subp. 3. Repealed, 18 SR 1961
    Subp. 4. More rigid standards. An appointing authority may require an applicant to meet more rigid standards than those prescribed in this part.

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  8. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    About 105 minutes. They got progressively shorter with each sequel.
     
  9. ateamer

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    I think the California minimum is only about 405 hours, but doubt there are any academy that are that brief. Most of them are about 24 weeks.
     
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    harlenm Millennium Member

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    This is CT's:

    The basic training program at the Connecticut Police Academy is approximately 19 weeks long. Recruit officers reside at the Academy from 8 a.m. on Monday to 6 p.m. Friday each week. Recruits must successfully pass, with a grade of 70% or better, each of 14 different academic areas as well as successfully pass each of a series of different practical skill areas (currently seven). Additionally, recruits must complete a field and departmental training program consisting of a minimum of 80 additional hours. Effective July 1, 2001, the field training will be 400 hours.
     
  11. mixflip

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    Mine was 19 weeks here in Nevada not including specifics and FTO which is another roughly 12 weeks (state DPS academy) all of which is stressful becuase you can loose your job at any time due to budget cuts, injury or performance reviews? 50% of our class dropped in a year.

    I am not sure what the city cops do?
     
  12. NateHodge

    NateHodge Here too much

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    Here in MS, there are 4 that I know of. Two state academies, Hattiesburg PD has their own academy, and the Troopers have their own.


    Camp Shelby State Academy= 5 Days a week, live in, for 9 weeks
    Jackson State Academy= 4 days a week, live in, for 10 weeks
    State Trooper Academy=Check in sunday night, take weekend leave end of day friday, 16 weeks. Worse than Marine or Army Boot Camp, as told by the Marines and Soldiers that graduated Trooper Academy. My cousin went in 270lbs, by week 8, he was 215 wearing a 34".

    IDK about Hattiesburg PD, but I do know it's only good for HPD and not recognized by other departments.
     
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    Ours was about 5 months...Started in August graduated in January but there was a 2 week ride along in there and a few days off over Christmas/New Years...but other than that it was every day 8AM-4PM Mon-Fri.
     
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    Rabbi The Bombdiggity Lifetime Member

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    You have more than that and all of them get a State license (this the HPD is as good as any)

    For example as of 2000

    http://www.dps.state.ms.us/dps/dps.nsf/divpages/ps2ost-leo-training?OpenDocument

    Training is a key factor in the success of law enforcement activities. During FY2000, the approved training academies conducted a total of 20 classes of basic law enforcement training. There were 573 officers certified as a result of the classes from the following training institutions:

    Hattiesburg Police and Fire Training Academy - 1 class, 12 students
    Jackson Police Department Training Academy - 2 classes, 36 students
    MS Law Enforcement Officers' Training Academy - 4 classes, 182 students
    MS Highway Safety Patrol - 1 class, 28 students
    MS Bureau of Narcotics - 1 class, 17 students
    MS Delta Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy - three classes, 110 students
    North MS Law Enforcement Training Center, Tupelo - 3 classes, 47 students
    Southern Regional Public Safety Institute - 5 classes, 141 students
     
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    In North Carolina it is around ~650 hours. The vast majority of people take it through the community college system. If you go to a full time day class it is typically 16 weeks and night classes range from 7-9 months depending on the schedule where you go. A couple larger departments run their own courses which are typically longer as they add in their own stuff on top of the state mandated courses. No matter where you go the material is the same. You get your materials straight from the justice academy however each school makes their own tests. The state comes and gives it's own certification exam however. Their is a state mandated physical requirement which a course you have to run and is pretty much a joke and is run by the school.

    Charlotte had their own and as expected the highway patrol has their own. There are a couple others but I can't think of them off the top of my head.
     
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    NateHodge Here too much

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    Check it, you're wrong. It's not often I can say that!:wavey: Hattiesburg is recognized by the state for Hattiesburg officers only. HPD will recognize a state certification, but will only put you through their academy. If you leave Hattiesburg for another dept, you have to attend another accredited academy. Same goes for Hattiesburg Fire Dept.
     
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    Show me where that is statute.

    What you are saying is, no one has ever left Hattieburg PD and worked with another agency without going to an Academy again, that does make any sense.
     
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    I looked for it, but couldn't find it. My cousin that is now a Trooper worked for HPD for a few years, a friend that is now Jones County Deputy worked there for about 1.5 years.

    With my cousin, it didn't matter, because you have to attend MSLEOTA to be a Trooper even if you hold a state certification from another dept. Friend went to HPD, but went to Jackson on his own so he could carry his cert with him if he ever left HPD.

    I also looked into joining HFD a while back.


    Look at the class size. It's for HPD only.
     
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    I'll add CT state police is 7 months.