Law Enforcement Pre-Academy

Law enforcement student

Intro to Law Enforcement Academy
(LE 310)

Law Enforcement Training Complex
One Hancock Drive
Lompoc, CA 93446

The Pre-Academy is a 2-day intensive, high-stress orientation course designed to help students determine if they are prepared for the Law Enforcement Academy.  Completion of this course (18 hours) is mandatory for students planning on attending the Full-time Law Enforcement Academy.  Students will participate in Academy activities such as class lectures, note taking, written tests, physical fitness exercises, military drill and ceremony, all of which are designed to simulate the daily challenges and requirements recruits must face while attending the Law Enforcement Academy. Students will also participate in a series of self-assessment exercises that will help students assess their individual emotional, mental, and physical readiness prior to entering the Academy. The Pre-Academy is presented in a very rigorous and disciplined training environment.

Pre-Academy Family Orientation is scheduled on the first day of Pre-Academy from 8am to 10am in one of the Academy classrooms at the Public Safety Training Complex, Lompoc Valley Campus.  The Family Orientation is designed to help understand the rigors, demands and challenges that the Academy Recruit will be facing while attending the Law Enforcement Academy. The Academy Coordinator will able to answer all questions about the Law Enforcement Academy. Family Orientation. Seating is limited and limited to two guests per recruit and please, no children.
Student's attending Pre-Academy will be required to complete the following physical fitness assessment:
  • 1.5 mile run (under 15 minutes)
  • 25 push ups - (no time limit)
  • 35 sit ups - (in two minutes)
  • 1 unassisted pull up

The PT Assessment is scored based on your performance.  The faster you run and the more push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups you complete, the higher your score. Your combined PT ranking and PELLETB ranking determines your eligibility ranking into the academy as an independent recruit.

Students should arrive at the pre-academy in top physical condition.  Students should also hydrate (drink at least 8 glasses of water a day) at least 48 hours before the start of the pre-academy

Students with pre-existing injuries or disabilities must contact the course coordinator or college student services office for advisement. 

Pre-Academy Dates:  

  • Application Enrollment Period for Class 110 (Spring 2016): Oct 19 - 30, 2015
  • April 16-17, 2016 (Sat-Sun), PSTC, Lompoc, CA. 
  • PT Test only: April 16, 2016 @ 1000 (meet in the lobby)
  • The POST PELLETB test: April 23, 2016 (Sat).  8:30 check-in.  The test will begin promptly at 9:00am, room 5-120, PSTC, Lompoc, CA.
  • Application Enrollment Period for Class 111 (Fall 2016): April 18 - 29, 2016.
  • October 15-16, 2016 (Sat-Sun), PSTC, Lompoc, CA
  • PT Test only: October 15, 2016 @ 1000 (meet in the lobby)
  • The POST PELLETB test: October 22, 2016 (sat). 8:30 check-in. The test will begin promptly at 9:00am in room 5-120, PSTC, Lompoc, CA
  • Application Enrollment Period for Class 112 (Spring 2017): Oct 17 - 28, 2016

If you have questions regarding the pre-academy or the Full-time Basic Academy, contact one of the Academy Coordinators.  Please read the information provided on the web site, review the application process and read the Frequently Asked Questions page before calling one of the coordinators:

Ken George at 805-922-6966 ext. 3861

Ross Ruth at 805-922-6966 ext. 3812

Registration Process 

Students planning on attending LE 310 Intro to Law Enforcement Academy (Pre-Academy) must apply online, and then register for LE 310 Intro to Law Enforcement Academy on myHancock. When registering online, you will be required to pay in full all college registration fees or you will be dropped for non-payment.

Pre-Academy Attendance InstructionS (MANDATORY READ) 

For attendance instructions and requirements click on Pre-Academy Syllabus PDF and Pre-Academy Attendance Instructions PDF for full details of what is required for successful completion of Pre-Academy.

Pre-Academy and Law Enforcement Academy Preparation

LE 480 Women in Public Safety Careers.

This course is designed to prepare women for successful completion of a Public Safety Basic Academy in Law Enforcement, Fire Technology or Emergency Medical Services. This course will focus on preparation for the physical, academic, emotional and psychological rigors of Academy training.
Improving upper body strength and general physical fitness is one of the main components of the course.  Meeting two evenings a week, students work to increase their strength on weight training equipment and practice obstacle course skills that they will be tested on during academy training.
The semester long course meets on the Lompoc campus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:50 p.m. and is offered in the spring and fall semester.  Students can apply online and  register online for LE 480 Women in Public Safety Careers. When registering online, you will be required to pay in full all college registration fees.

Additional Information

For additional information on the Allan Hancock College Law Enforcement Academy, click on Frequently Asked Questions PDF or contact the Law Enforcement Training office at 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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