Jefferson County Law Enforcement Academy

Sheriff’s Academy

The Jefferson County Law Enforcement Academy (JCLEA) offers basic training courses per year. Each Basic Course covers 600 hours of training over fifteen (15) weeks. During this time, students are provided with the entry level knowledge and skill needed to begin their careers in law enforcement.

In teaching the Basic Course, the JCLEA follows the 520 Hour Basic Training Curriculum prescribed by the Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission. Students are also provided with an additional 80 Hours of training specific for deputy sheriffs.

Basic Course costs will be invoiced to the student's agency. These costs include lodging, meals, uniforms, all manuals and materials needed to complete the training (except ammunition). Departments can provide their own ammunition.

Entry Level Requirements

Students must be sworn and employed by a law enforcement agency to attend a basic course at any academy in the state. In Alabama, APOSTC Rules & Regulations do not allow a non-sworn individual to attend an academy. Agencies must complete all application paperwork with APOSTC. Applications should arrive at APOSTC three (3) weeks prior to session start date.

Physical Ability/Agility Exam. On the first day of attendance in the academy, you will be required to meet the following standards:

Complete the APOSTC specified physical agility course within 90 seconds.

Do 22 push-ups in one minute (to APOSTC specifications).

Do 25 sit-ups in one minute (to APOSTC specifications).

Run 1.5 miles within 15 minutes and 28 seconds.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the Basic Course, you must meet the APOSTC mandated basic course requirements as specified in APOSTC Rule 650-X-4-.01. These requirements include:

An overall score of not less than 70% on written exams.

Pass the first aid exam with a score of not less than 70%.

Pass the legal issues exam with a score of not less than 70%.

Pass the physical agility/ability test at the beginning of the course.

Pass SSGT Student Practical Test

Pass Safe Gun Handling Skills Test

Score 70% or better on at least two (2) of the three (3) designated firearm qualification courses.

Must pass at least one (1) of the three (3) driving attempts on driving qualification course.

Students shall not be absent more than 5% of the required training hours.

The trainee. . .shall comply with all rules and regulations promulgated by the approved academy.

Basic Session 54

This course was completed. Students graduated  September 17, 2019

Basic Session #55

The course was completed. Students graduated on February 14, 2020.

Basic Session #25 (Reserve Academy)

The course has started. The course was postponed due to COVID-19 and will start back on June 6, 2020. Graduation will be held on July 25, 2020.

Basic Session #56

The course started on March 9, 2020. The course was postponed due to COVID-19 and started back on May 20, 2020. Graduation will be held on August 21, 2020.

Basic Session #26 (Reserve Academy)

The course will begin on August 22, 2020.



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