Basic Law Enforcement Academy

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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

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 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 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.

POST Learning Domain Workbooks

LD 00 V-1.1 LD 01 V-5.1 LD 02 V-6.3 LD 03 V-4.1
LD 04 V-4.3 LD 05 V-5.5 LD 06 V-5.5 LD 07 V-5.6
LD 08 V-4.5 LD 09 V-6.4 LD 10 V-5.1 LD 11 V-6.3
LD 12 V-5.1 LD 13 V-4.1 LD 15 V-4.7 LD 16 V-4.4
LD 17 V-5.2 LD 18 V-3.1 LD 19 V-6.1 LD 20 V-3.2
LD 21 V-5.0 LD 22 V-3.1 LD 23 V-4.0 LD 24 V-3.1
LD 25 V-6.0 LD 26 V-2.2 LD 27 V-2.2 LD 28 V-5.5
LD 29 V-3.1 LD 30 V-4.1 LD 31 V-6.2 LD 32 V-4.1
LD 33 V-4.1 LD 34 V-5.2 LD 35 V-2.4 LD 36 V-3.4
LD 37 V-5.1 LD 38 V-2.1 LD 39 V-5.2 LD 40 V-6.1
LD 41 V-4.1 LD 42 V-6.1 LD 43 V-2.3  

Basic Academy Dates

Full-time Basic Academy Class #107 - Fall 2014  (in process)

Start Date: Monday, July 21, 2014
Graduation: Thursday, Dec 11, 2014

Full-time Basic Academy Class #108 - Spring 2015  (contact the program office before you attempt to register for the academy or pre-academy)

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 19, 2015
Graduation: Thursday, June 11, 2015

Full-time Basic Academy Class #109 - Fall 2015  (contact the program office before you attempt to register for the academy or pre-academy)

Pre-Academy Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015 and April 19, 2015.  The POST PELLET B test: Saturday April 25, 2015.  8:30 check-in.  The test will be begin promptly at 9:00am.

Application Enrollment Period: Monday April 27, 2014 to May 8, 2015.

Start Date: Monday, July 20, 2015

Graduation: Thursday, Dec 10, 2015


If you have questions regarding the pre-academy or the Full-time Basic Academy, contact one of the Academy Coordinators:

Ken George at 805-922-6966 ext. 3861

Ross Ruth at 805-922-6966 ext. 3812

If you are planning on attending the 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. 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 POST Personal History Statement.  This must be submitted with your application.
  4. The completed Application Packet can either be mailed or hand carried to:
    Public Safety Training Complex
    One Hancock Drive
    Lompoc, CA  93436
  5. 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 $3,200.00).

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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David Flamm

David Flamm
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Student

"I chose the academy because it was local and it's one of the best. The academy is a very rigorous program that has demanded the utmost of my physical capability, my time requirements and everything that I'm capable of doing and bringing to the program. It's challenged me, it's challenged my teammates and it will challenge anyone else that decides to join."
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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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