Basic Law Enforcement Academy

Law enforcement students

Basic Law Enforcement Academy 
(LE 320)

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:

  • Putting themselves through the academy
  • Are employed by a law enforcement agency and being sponsored by that agency

Our academy is designed to satisfy all State of California, Basic Law Enforcement Academy training requirements for students wanting to be hired by a law enforcement agency or for newly hired peace officers. 

Basic Law Enforcement Academy is a 21-week (827 hour) intensive course that can be 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 skills

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 AHC 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 FTO peace officer based upon principles of ethics, integrity, honesty, courage, self-discipline, determination, teamwork, compassion, and the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.

Basic Academy Dates

Full-time Basic Academy Class #106 - Spring 2014

Start Date: Monday, January 13, 2014
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Full-time Basic Academy Class #107 - Fall 2014

Pre-Academy Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014 and Sunday May 4, 2014.  The POST PELLET B test: Saturday May 10, 2014.  8:30 check-in.  The test will be begin promptly at 9:00am.
Application Enrollment Period: Monday May 5, 2014 to May 16, 2014.
Start Date: Monday, July 21, 2014
Graduation: Thursday, Dec 11, 2014

Full-time Basic Academy Class #108 - Spring 2015

Pre-Academy Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014 and Sunday November 9, 2014. The POST PELLET B test: Saturday November 15, 2014. 8:30 check-in. The test will be begin promptly at 9:00am.
Application Enrollment Period: Monday November 10, 2014 to November 24, 2014.
Start Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Graduation: Thursday, June 4, 2015

 If you are planning on attending a Full-time Basic Academy, contact the Law Enforcement Training Office at 805-922-6966 ext. 3284, or email to be placed on the interest/notification list.

Academy Application Process

  1. You must attend the Pre-Academy to be considered for the Law Enforcement Academy.
  2. Download and complete the Application Packet PDF and Request for Live Scan Service PDF.
  3. The completed Application Packet can either be mailed or hand carried to:
    Public Safety Complex
    One Hancock Drive
    Lompoc, CA  93436
  4. Application Deadline – See Basic Academy Dates.

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 $3,350.00).

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:

Christina McMillan, Public Safety Program Technician
Phone: (805) 922-6966 ext. 3284 

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Charlie Kim

Charlie Kim
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Student

"The most valuable thing I've learned in Law Enforcement is going to be integrity. You find yourself, you take responsibility for your mistakes you learn from them, you gain knowledge from them, and you become a better person. My whole mindset is different now, I go out there and I walk a little different. Allan Hancock has made a difference in my life. I know I'm accomplishing something that I can feel good about."
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Law Enforcement Video ThumbnailVideo: Basic Law Enforcement Academy recruits David, Christine, and graduate Lt. Shari Kesler highly recommend AHC's academy.

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