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One you have passed the written test, oral interview, background check, and other required tests you will then be on your way to the training academy. However, it should be made clear that while you are in training you will be paid. But, the academies all are different when it comes to what they teach you as well as to how they run things. Additionally, when in the academy you will be expected to be in the 70th percentile in order to pass. You will be dismissed if you fail the academic, firearms, physical training or driving training while in the academy which means you will not receive neither a badge nor a gun. Below are some of the various things that you can expect to experience while you are at the academy.
Federal Law Enforcement Many of the federal law enforcement agencies have their training at the FLETC in Georgia. Appearance wise you will find that they look like an average college except for the fact that they have a driving track and an outdoor range. Additionally, they have the space to have up to 2,000 students at one time. The instructors consist of retired federal, state, and local officers. Not to mention the fact that they have temporary instructors who are still actively federal agents.
FLETC has a variety of training programs available ranging from advance training for senior agents as well as training for both state and local officers. Usually, new recruits will start with the CITP program or the UPTP program. The CITP program usually lasts for 11 weeks and has 1811 students compiled of potential secret service agents, ATF agents, immigration and custom enforcement agents and other agents along those lines. The program covers all the basic and fundamental training they will need to successfully conduct criminal investigations. Some of the specific classes the course includes are constitutional law, search and seizure, arrest techniques, driver’s training, and firearms and more.
The UPTP program is for federal officers who do not wear uniforms in their positions. Attendees may range from Secret Service Uniformed Division to the Mint Police. This program covers basic training in law enforcement. Some of the courses that it covers include, but it not limited to, constitutional law, report writing, defensive tactics, and arrest techniques.
Once you have graduated from the FLETC program you will then have to attend your agencies training academy so you can learn more about the specific duties of their job. However, some of the agencies have their academies located inside of the FLETC such as the U.S. Marshalls. But, agencies such as the Secret Service have their academy elsewhere.
While attending the FLETC students usually stay at the facility. However, when there is not enough room for everyone the students will have to stay at a hotel in the area. On the campus the students have access to not only their classrooms but a dining area, store, and rec. Additionally, depending on the agency you may also have a curfew to follow. Classes require attendance Monday through Friday and occasionally on the weekends.
State Law Enforcement Many states have a state training academy that is funded by the state. The academy will provide state troopers with both the basic and advance training that they need to successfully perform their job duties. Additionally, students are required to stay on campus but they do have a dining room available to them.
Furthermore, basic training lasts no more than 25 weeks. But, you can expect the environment to be very disciplined and regimented. You will have inspections and be expected to walk in formation. Also, during the weekdays you will not be able to leave the academy yet on Friday night some students are allowed to leave for the weekend and return on Sunday evening. But, you will be expected to wake up each morning around 5:30 or 6:00 am even though classes are not until 8:00 am and you will have to have your lights out by 10:00 pm.
New recruits will receive a variety of classes such as constitutional law, state law, report writing, crimes in progress, and many more.
New York State Police Training Academy – City and County Law Enforcement
When it comes to larger cities such as New York they have their own training academies. However, the smaller departments do not have the funds to have their own individual academies. The state academies offer basic law enforcement training that has been accredited by the POST. The advantage of the state run academies is the fact that they will sometimes allow you to attend before you have been hired by a specific department. However, you would be responsible for paying for your training out of pocket. But, you would receive a basic law enforcement certification upon your completion. Having this certificate would make you have a better chance when applying for a job with one of the smaller departments. It shows them that you do what you need to do and it also helps them save money because they do not have to pay for you to go to the academy.
City and country law enforcement academies are similar to those of state troopers. However, they may not require their students to stay on campus and they also may not be as regimented. But, they still have the same courses including, but not limited to, driver training, community relations, cultural diversity, radio communication, arrest techniques, and booking procedures.