Law Enforcement Academy Training Program (O.E.)
The Law Enforcement Academy is a rigorous 13-week training program designed to prepare you for work as a law enforcement professional. The program provides basic police training that can qualify you for certification by the Alaska Police Standards Council.
Program coursework includes instruction in crime scene investigation, emergency vehicle operation, building searches, defensive tactics, handgun and shotgun training, traffic stops, shooting decisions, first aid training, interview and interrogation techniques, accident investigation, traffic control, physical arrest, and handcuffing. Students take part in rigorous physical fitness training throughout the duration of the academy.
Graduates of the program have gone to work as pipeline security personnel, police officers, sergeants, lieutenants, chiefs of police, K-9 handlers, undercover officers, tactical police team members (SWAT), and detectives. Others have become adult and juvenile probation officers, corrections officers, park rangers, and dispatchers.
Program is completed through in-person courses in which students receive both classroom and practical hands-on learning experiences.
The program is a cohort based program that accepts up to 25 students per cohort. Each student cohort progresses through a pre-determined sequence of courses each semester.
The Law Enforcement Academy prepares students for a career in law enforcement in the state of Alaska. Alaska Police Standards Council certification will allow qualified candidates to work as a commissioned officer in any of approximately 65 state and municipal law enforcement organizations.
The certification is approved by the Alaska Police Standards Council in compliance with Title 13.85.050 of the Alaska Administrative Code. Courses are not offered separately but must be taken as part of the entire Law Enforcement Academy package.
Students will be expected to maintain a sufficient degree of physical conditioning in order to participate successfully in classes that cover topics such as physical arrest, weapons retention, and handcuffing. In addition, most police departments in the state require applicants to pass a basic physical proficiency test prior to being hired.
Special admission, licensing, or certification requirements may apply to students in this program. Applicants should familiarize themselves with these and speak with a program advisor if they have any questions or concerns.
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