Basic and Modular Academy

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Picture of the front of the Law Enforcement Training Center

The Basic Academy is a fully functional law enforcement training facility.  As well as the main academy building in Pittsburg CA, the academy is comprised of a firing range, driving range, and off site “simulated ammunitions” enclosed dwellings. 

The California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training certifies the Basic Academy.  It is required for those individuals seeking a position as a full time peace
officer in California. 


Picture of classroom at the AcademyThe Basic Academy is a 26-week law
enforcement academy.  The academy is para-military and highly disciplined. The recruits that
are accepted into the academy are either hired
by a law enforcement agency or selected as a “non-affiliated recruit” or student.  A
non-affiliated recruit is chosen by the academy staff based in their written test score,
physical test score, results of a background investigation, and an oral interview. 

Once accepted into the Basic Academy, recruits are expected to perform at thecadet's in a class room training exercise
standards set by the academy staff.  Recruits are given  written exams on 42 learning domains throughout the 26 weeks.  The learning domains cover subjects ranging from California Laws to ethics and community relations.  Any score below an 80% on these exams is considered a failing grade.  The recruits are required to pass all of the written exams. Highly trained members of law enforcement from around the Bay area teach the tested material to the recruits.   The instructors are experts in their field of instruction and offer on the job experience coupled with specialized training in that field.  The instruction techniques range from lecture to roll playing, to hands-on. 

The academy recruits are required to participate in a rigorous physical fitness programpicture of cadet is a training run
that pushes them to improve and then maintain
their physical and mental fitness throughout their
law enforcement careers.  A typical physical fitness
session will consist of a warm up, push-ups,
crunches, field exercises, pull-ups, and a 2-5 mile
run.  The academy has a “state of the art” fitness center that rivals most commercial fitness centers.   
In order to graduate from the academy, the recruits
are required to pass a battery of physical tests such as; a dummy drag, obstacle course, 1.5 mile run,
and scale a 6ft wall. 

As well as mental and physical tests, the recruits will be expected to master the
technical skills of firearms operation, defensive tactics, and emergency vehicle operation (EVOC). An experienced staff of firearms instructors educates the recruits onpicture of cadets in training manipulation, safety practices, and the firing of handguns and shotguns.  The recruits endure approximately 120 hours of hands on firearms training and are ultimately required to pass numerous handgun and shotgun courses.   A team of defensive tactics instructor’s train the recruits in the art of control holds, handcuffing techniques, gun take away and retention and baton strikes.  The instruction is physically demanding and requires the recruits to master each technique and physically demonstrate it during a test.  At the Basic Academy’s driving course, the recruits will learn the safe operation of an emergency vehicle.  They will be tested on a timed driving course and required to perform a “pursuit” scenario.

Picture of cadets in trainingAt the end of the 26 weeks, provided the recruit has met all of the standards and passed all of the
required tests, the recruit will graduate from the Basic Academy with a POST Basic Academy Certificate.  Through a partnership with Los Medanos College, each recruit will also earn college credits (see accreditation below).  Once a recruit has graduated from the Basic Academy, he or she is eligible for employment as a peace officer in most California jurisdictions.

The Basic Academy at the Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Training Center prides itself on being one of the finest academies in the state. By employing the finest
instructors, utilizing state of the art facilities and an absolute commitment to the
success of the recruits; The Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Training Center graduates law enforcement professionals that are second to none! 

Cost:  The cost of the Basic Police Academy is $4,385.00, which includes college registration, all associated training, material fees, and the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course. The cost of the Basic Modular Police Academy is $5,370.00 (Module III -
$1,447.00, Module II - $1474.00, Module I - $2,449.00). Recruits will be responsible for
the cost of their uniforms.

Scholarships/Financial Aid are available.

Bay Alarm Company will provide LETC Non-Affiliated Recruits (those not currently
employed by an Agency) with scholarship funds, offsetting the cost of the Basic

For more information regarding scholarships, please call the Academy at
(925) 427-8238.

Accreditation: Graduates earn college credit from Los Medanos College and receive P.O.S.T. certification.

Registration: To apply for the Basic Academy, students must complete and pass the P.O.S.T. certified reading and writing comprehension test. This test is offered free of charge. To make an appointment to take this test, call 925-427-8238 .

Location: The Basic Academy meets at the Law Enforcement Training Center at 340 Marina Boulevard, Pittsburg. Firearms, field tactics, and driver training are held at off campus sites.

Schedule may vary and location subject to change
**additional $500 (approx.) for uniforms
***EVOC fee may be reimbursed by P.O.S.T. for affiliated students

For more information: on the Basic P.O.S.T. Academy call 925-427-8238

Upcoming Basic Academy Dates: 

184th       **Tentative
Orientation: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Family Orientation: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Start Date:  Monday, May 15, 2017
Graduation: Thursday, November 10, 2017


Upcoming Test Dates:
PELLET B(POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery)

 No longer offered at the Law Enforcement Training center.