Basic Law Enforcement Academy
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Academies, Schedules, & Packets
POLICY ON LOCAL/STATE CONTRIBUTION TO BLEA
The Legislature has continued the mandated 25%, plus ammunition, cost share for the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Agencies will be billed post the first day of class and payment is expected prior to graduation. RCW 43.101.200
Before you can become a police officer, you must complete 720 hours of basic law enforcement academy (BLEA) training within six months of hire to the law enforcement agency you are employing with. All academy recruits must be physically able to actively and fully participate in the defensive drills and other required physical activities in accordance with WAC 139-05-230. The WSCJTC requires you to pass a fitness ability test prior to entry into the academy.
Graduation dates are available by looking at the Academies, Schedules, & Packets section in the next column. Click on the academy name for more information.
Recruits should advise their families and departments how to reach them in the event of an emergency. Please have the caller identify the class, by name and session number that you are attending at the Criminal Justice Training Commission, 206.835.7299/7331. The facility is open 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. During the hours of 5:00 p.m. through 7:00 a.m., and only in the event of an actual emergency, call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206.344.4080 (an emergency number) advising them whom the caller wishes to contact and the message the caller wishes to leave.
About the Basic Academy
The 720 hour Basic Academy curriculum is designed to provide recruit officers with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for safe, proper, and effective law enforcement service. Instructional blocks include: Criminal Law and Procedures; Traffic Enforcement; Cultural Awareness; Communication Skills; Emergency Vehicle Operations Course; Firearms; Crisis Intervention; Patrol Procedures; Criminal Investigation; and Defensive Tactics.
The Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy