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:

  • Independent - putting themselves through the academy (see Pre-Academy page).
  • Co-Sponsored - having some or all academy related expenses paid by an agency while attending the academy with the intention of being hired once the recruit graduates from the academy.
  • Sponsored - fully employed by a law enforcement agency and representing that agency while in the academy.
  • If you are 18-21, read this first!

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 (834 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 pdf.

POST Learning Domain Workbooks pdf- Current list as of May 27, 2019. Please contact the program coordinator once you've been accepted into the academy for the password. 

Basic Academy Dates

 ** Independents must attend the pre-academy as a pre-requisite **

You must contact the academy coordinator and schedule an interview when submitting your application (after pre-academy).

Basic Academy Class # 19-118 - Fall 2019 (Class 19-118 Schedule) pdf

  • Independent Application Enrollment Period: Monday April 15 - 26, 2019
  • Class 19-118 Orientation: Monday, July 15, 2019, 0800-1700
  • Class 19-118 Start: Monday, July 22, 2019
  • Class 19-118 Graduation: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM
  • Class 19-118 Rifle Training: December 11-12, 2019

Basic Academy Class # 20-119 - Spring 2020 (Class 20-119 Schedule) pdf

  • Independent Application Enrollment Period: Open on October 14, 2019
  • Class 20-119 Orientation: Monday, January 6, 2020, 0800-1700
  • Class 20-119 Start: Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Class 20-119 Graduation: Wednesday,  June 3, 2020 at 10:00 AM
  • Class 20-119 Rifle Training: June 4-5, 2010

Basic Academy Class # 20-120 - Fall 2020

  • Independent Application Enrollment Period: Open on April 6, 2020
  • Class 20-120 Orientation: Monday, July 13, 2020, 0800-1700
  • Class 20-120 Start: Monday, July 20, 2020
  • Class 20-120 Graduation: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:00 AM
  • Class 20-120 Rifle Training: December 10-11, 2020

Basic Academy Class # 21-121 - Spring 2021

  • Independent Application Enrollment Period: Open on October 12, 2020
  • Class 21-121 Orientation: Monday, January 11, 2021, 0800-1700
  • Class 21-121 Start: Tuesday, January 18, 2021
  • Class 21-121 Graduation: Wednesday,  June 9, 2021 at 10:00 AM
  • Class 21-121 Rifle Training: June 10-11, 2021

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 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3861 (

Alison Martinez at 1-805-922-6966 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. Take the PELLET B test and achieve a minimum score of 42.
  2. Download and complete the Application Packet pdf.
  3. Download and complete the 2-251 POST Personal History Statement.  This must be submitted with your application. Recommend you type and save file.
  4. Complete your Livescan and DOJ clearance. Request for Live Scan Service
  5. Complete background check via Trusted Employees.
  6. See your physician and complete the medical exam.
  7. Call and schedule an interview with an academy coordinator after your packet is complete.
  8. Bring your entire application packet and POST PHS to the interview. 
  9. If you are approved to attend the academy, you will then:
  10. Register as an Allan Hancock Student and obtain your "H" number. You will also register for the appropriate school session (i.e. Fall 2019, Spring 2020, etc.)
  11. Veterans go here for information on benefits.
  12. 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 (approximately $1,050) and Law Enforcement Academy material fees pdf (approximately $1,836). 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 pdf

    Co-Sponsored pdf (shared cost by recruit and agency)

2. Register as an Allan Hancock Student and obtain your "H" number. If you already have an "H" number, skip this part.

3.  Bring your completed packet(s) to the Academy Office at least two weeks before the start of the academy.

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: 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3802

Any questions about the academy in general should be directed to one of the coordinators:

Ken George at 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3861 (

Alison Martinez at 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3812 (

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