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:

  • 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 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 October 1, 2016. Please contact the program coordinator once you've been accepted into the academy for the password. 

Basic Academy Dates

Full-time Basic Academy Class #112 - Spring 2017  (Class 112 Schedule) 

  • Class 112 Start: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
  • Class 112 Graduation: Thursday, June 8, 2017
  • Application Enrollment Period: Closed - Class is full

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

 ** you must attend the pre-academy as a pre-requisite **
  • Class 113 Orientation: Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 0800-1700
  • Class 113 Start: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
  • Class 113 Graduation: Thursday, December 7, 2017
  • Pre-Academy Date: April 1-2, 2017 (Sat/Sun) (register online).
  • POST PELLETB test: April 1, 2017 (Sat). 8:00 am (door will lock)
  • Application Enrollment Period: Monday April 17, 2017 to April 28, 2017.
  • You must contact the academy coordinator, Ken George, and schedule an interview when submitting your application. 

Full-time Basic Academy Class #114 - Spring 2018

 ** 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: Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Pre-Academy Date:October 7-8, 2017 (Sat/Sun) (register online).
  • POST PELLETB test: October 7, 2017 (Sat). 8:00 am (door 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. 

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 (

Alison Martinez at 805-922-6966 ext. 3812 (

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. Call one of the coordinators to schedule your interview.
  6. The completed Application Packet must be hand carried to:
    Public Safety Training Complex
    One Hancock Drive
    Lompoc, CA  93436
  7. Application Deadline – See Basic Academy Dates.
  8. 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)

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 (

Alison Martinez at 805-922-6966 ext. 3812 (

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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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