Basic Law Enforcement Academy

Basic Law Enforcement Academy 
(LE 320)

Law enforcement students

Public Safety Training Complex

One Hancock Drive, Lompoc, CA 93436

The Allan Hancock College Law Enforcement Academy is one of the finest law enforcement basic training programs in the State of California. It is a full-time program that trains pre-service recruits that are either:

  • Independent - putting themselves through the academy (see Pre-Academy page).
  • Co-Sponsored - having some or all academy related expenses paid by an agency while attending the academy with the intention of being hired once the recruit graduates from the academy.
  • Sponsored - fully employed by a law enforcement agency and representing that agency while in the academy.
  • If you are 18-21, read this first!

The Basic Law Enforcement Academy is designed to satisfy all State of California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) requirements for students wanting to be hired by a law enforcement agency or for newly hired peace officers. 

The Basic Law Enforcement Academy is a 21-week (836 hour) intensive course that is best described as a college course with strict para-military discipline.  Students attending the academy will be academically and physically challenged, faced with solving complex problems in a highly stressful, disciplined and structured environment. Recruits receive rigorous and challenging training in all phases of law enforcement. Prior to graduation, recruits must demonstrate acceptable proficiency in:

  • Human relations
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Job knowledge
  • Professional reasoning
  • Physical Fitness
  • Firearms
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations
  • Arrest and Control skills
  • Scenario skills
  • Report Writing

The standards and values of the Law Enforcement Academy are high and very demanding. Those who are willing and capable of meeting the standards in academics, leadership ability, tactical skills, general performance, and physical ability will be certified to join the ranks of professional law enforcement.

Our Mission

To prepare students mentally, morally, emotionally and physically to enter and successfully complete a law enforcement agency's Field Training Officer program. The Law Enforcement Academy will:

  • Provide the highest quality training possible.
  • Provide a learning environment with consideration for safety.
  • Maintain a well-disciplined academic environment, resulting in highly disciplined graduates.
  • Provide a learning environment that is free from discrimination based on religion, race, sex, national origin or sexual orientation.

All graduating students will be able to meet or exceed the  Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)  professional standards and successfully pass all written and practical skill tests required for a California peace officer.  Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a peace officer based upon principles of ethics, integrity, honesty, courage, self-discipline, determination, teamwork, compassion, and the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics. Graduates also receive 22.5 college credits from Allan Hancock College. Course Syllabus.

POST Learning Domain Workbooks - Current list as of August 1, 2017. Please contact the program coordinator once you've been accepted into the academy for the password. 

Basic Academy Dates

Full-time Basic Academy Class #113 - Fall 2017  (Class 113 Schedule)

  • Class 113 Start: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
  • Class 113 Graduation: Friday, December 8, 2017

Full-time Basic Academy Class #114 - Spring 2018  (Class 114 Schedule)

 ** you must attend the pre-academy as a pre-requisite **
 
  • Class 114 Orientation: Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 0800-1700
  • Class 114 Start: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • Class 114 Graduation: Friday, June 8, 2018
  • Pre-Academy Date:October 7-8, 2017 (Sat/Sun) (register online).
  • POST PELLETB test: October 8, 2017 (Sun). 7:00 am (doors will lock)
  • Application Enrollment Period: Monday October 16-27, 2017.
  • You must contact the academy coordinator, Ken George, and schedule an interview when submitting your application. 

Full-time Basic Academy Class #115 - Fall 2018

 ** you must attend the pre-academy as a pre-requisite **
 
  • Class 115 Orientation: Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 0800-1700
  • Class 115 Start: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Class 115 Graduation: Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Pre-Academy Date: April 7-8, 2018 (Sat/Sun) (register online).
  • POST PELLETB test: April 8, 2018 (Sun) 7:00 am (doors will lock)
  • Application Enrollment Period: Monday April 16, 2018 to April 27, 2018.
  • You must contact the academy coordinator, Ken George, and schedule an interview when submitting your application. 

Full-time Basic Academy Class #116 - Spring 2019

 ** you must attend the pre-academy as a pre-requisite **
 
  • Class 116 Orientation: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 0800-1700
  • Class 116 Start: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
  • Class 116 Graduation: Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Pre-Academy Date:October 6-7, 2018 (Sat/Sun) (register online).
  • POST PELLETB test: October 7, 2018 (Sun) 7:00 am (doors will lock)
  • Application Enrollment Period: Monday October 15-26, 2018.
  • You must contact the academy coordinator, Ken George, and schedule an interview when submitting your application. 

 If you have questions regarding the pre-academy or the Full-time Basic Academy, contact one of the Academy Coordinators. Please do not call unless you first visit the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) link below:

Ken George at 805-922-6966 ext. 3861 (kgeorge@hancockcollege.edu)

Alison Martinez at 805-922-6966 ext. 3812 (alison.martinez@hancockcollege.edu)

If you are planning on attending the Full-time Basic Academy, you must first complete LE310 (Pre-Academy).  You can submit your completed application, starting the first Monday after the Pre-Academy. Once you take the PELLETB test, your results will be added to your completed package.  We recommend you start on the application in advance, since it will take time to complete it properly.

Academy Application Process for Independent Recruits

  1. You must attend the Pre-Academy to be considered for the Law Enforcement Academy. You must also take the PELLET B test and achieve a minimum passing score.
  2. Download and complete the Application Packet PDF and Request for Live Scan Service PDF.
  3. Download and complete the 2-251 POST Personal History Statement.  This must be submitted with your application.
  4. Complete background check via Trusted Employees.
  5. Register as an Allan Hancock Student and obtain your "H" number. If you already have an "H" number, skip this part.
  6. Complete the "Requesting Excess Units" form and take it to an AHC counselor for approval.
  7. Call one of the coordinators to schedule your interview.
  8. The completed Application Packet must be hand carried to:
    Public Safety Training Complex
    One Hancock Drive
    Lompoc, CA  93436
  9. Application Deadline – See Basic Academy Dates.
  10. If you have any questions, contact one of the coordinators (contact info above).

If your application packet is approved, you will be notified and given a log-on password to allow you to register for the Law Enforcement Academy on myHancock. When registering online, you will be required to pay in full all college registration fees and Law Enforcement Academy course fees (approximately $3551). Additional costs: $700 (uniforms) and $250 (LD workbooks).

Academy Application Process for Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Recruits

1. Agencies must complete the applicable application packet:

    Fully Sponsored

    Co-Sponsored (shared cost by recruit and agency)

2.    Register as an Allan Hancock Student and obtain your "H" number. If you already have an "H" number, skip this part.

3.  Complete the "Requesting Excess Units" form and take it to an AHC counselor for approval.

4.  Bring your completed packet(s) to the Academy Office at least two weeks before the start of the academy.

For More Information

For additional information on admission requirements, academy expectations, program costs and pre-academy orientation, click on Frequently Asked Questions PDF.

Any questions regarding the Law Enforcement Academy application process should be directed to:

Law Enforcement Training Office
Phone: (805) 922-6966 ext. 3802

Any questions about the academy in general should be directed to one of the coordinators:

Ken George at 805-922-6966 ext. 3861 (kgeorge@hancockcollege.edu)

Alison Martinez at 805-922-6966 ext. 3812 (alison.martinez@hancockcollege.edu)

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Christine Calvert

Christine Calvert
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Student

"I wanted to get into law enforcement. I chose to put myself through the academy to prepare myself better for employment. Allan Hancock College has made a tremendous difference in my life. It has allowed me to create lifelong friendships. [The instructors] encourage us in a traditional manner that is physically challenging, yet they're very concerned about us being educated."
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