Academies, Schedules, & Packets
Basic Law Enforcement Academy
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 on the first day of class and payment is expected prior to graduation. RCW 43.101.200
Please click here to view those costs.
Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
Please read our articles on PBL. The first article explains our transition to this curriculum, the second discusses discipline standards.
For more information on PBL, please view our webpage dedicated to the topic by clicking on this link.
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Download Article 2 now in PDF format.
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.
Applicants should contact the agency they want to work for to inquire about minimum requirements; however, most law enforcement agencies require that you:
1. Be a U.S. Citizen.
2. Have a high school diploma or GED.
3. Have a valid Washington State driver’s license.
Keep in mind, we are a state government training facility, we do not employ police officers or sheriff’s deputies. You may want to contact individual law enforcement agencies in the area to request their entry-level requirements. Many agencies advertise openings on our Employment Page. If you have more questions, please view our frequently asked questions page available in PDF, download it now.
We are the only police academy in Washington State; however, there is a separate academy, in Shelton, conducted by the Washington State Patrol.
Graduation dates are available by looking at the Academies, Schedules, & Packets section in the next column. Click on the academy name for more information.