Basic Law Enforcement Academy

The 720 hour Basic Academy curriculum is designed to provide recruit officers with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for safe, proper, and effective law enforcement service. Instructional blocks include:

  • Criminal law and procedures
  • Traffic enforcement
  • Cultural awareness
  • Communication skills
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Course
  • Firearms
  • Crisis intervention
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Defensive Tactics

In order to attend BLEA, recruits must pass the Physical Ability Test (PAT).  PAT will occur generally two weeks after selection for a class, and two weeks prior to the start of class.

Agencies, recruits, and prospective applicants can view the PAT requirements here.

The Legislature has continued the mandated 25%, plus ammunition, cost share for the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Agencies will be billed post the first day of class and payment is expected prior to graduation per RCW 43.101.200.

View our full cost share sheet for mandated and non mandated agencies here.

Valerie Jenkins-Weaver (Assistant to the Commander/Registrar)

(206) 835-7299

Who can attend our classes?

This academy is open to recruits who have been hired by a law enforcement agency.  Sponsoring agencies will submit application materials on the recruits' behalf.

Required Equipment

A detailed list of academy equipment required will be distributed to recruits after their passing of the Physical Ability Test (PAT).  This list will also be emailed to training officers listed on the recruits BLEA application.

It is the agency's responsibility to provide the recruit with the equipment needed.

Training Officers: If you require a list of equipment in advance, please contact the registrar for our most up-to-date list.

Pre-Course work

Pre-course work for this class is required.  Upon successful completion of the PAT, recruits will recieve the pre-academy assignment from their TAC Officers.

Training Officers:  Pre-academy assignments will be emailed directly to the training officer listed on the recruit's BLEA application.

Dress Code

PAT uniform requirements will be emailed to training officers upon a recruits' selection for a class.

A detailed list of uniform requirements for the duration of the academy will be distributed to recruits after their passing of the Physical Ability Test (PAT).  This list will also be emailed to training officers listed on the recruits BLEA application.

It is the agency's responsibility to provide the recruit with the uniforms needed.

Training Officers: If you would like a list of uniform requirements in advance, please contact the registrar for our most up-to-date list.

Regulation

The Basic Law Enforcement Academy must be completed by fully commissioned law enforcement officers of a city, county, or political subdivision of the state of Washington per WAC 139-05-200 and RCW 43.101.200.

Mandated agencies: City, County, State Universities, Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, and Railroad

Non mandated agencies: Tribal Police, Gambling Commission, Liquor & Cannabis Board, WA State Parks & Recreation, Arson Investigators, DNR and Reserves.

Schedule

BLEA classes are typically held 0715 to 1630 Monday through Friday.  There will be some evening training required.

The number of BLEA classes held per year will vary each year depending on legislative decisions and funding.  The schedules below outline all classes approved for the specified fiscal year.  

Please note: These schedules are subject to change without notice.  Training Officers must read selection notices carefully to ensure they have the correct dates.

Cancellation

Agency's wishing to cancel an applicant must notify the registrar via phone or email.

REQUIRED FORMS

To register an applicant for the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, the following forms must be completed and submitted together.  Partial applications will not be accepted, and will not serve as a placeholder for a class.  

Recruits will be placed into the next available slot on a first come, first serve basis.  It is in the agency's best interest to submit a complete application packet upon completion of fingerprints and criminal records check for their prospective applicants. 

Completed application packets must be emailed to the registrar at basictraining@cjtc.wa.gov

Notices of Hire and Separation can be found on the Peace Officer Certification information page. 

 

Training sessions

Session Session Title Selection Date PT Test Date Tac/Asst. Tac Start & End Date Location Status Cost Downloads
793 BLEA 7/23/2019 8/7/2019 Grossfeld/DeVore August 29, 2019 - January 10, 2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
In Session 793 Schedule
794 BLEA 8/6/2019 8/20/2019 McGee/Culp September 4, 2019 - January 15, 2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
In Session 794 Schedule
795 BLEA 8/21/2019 9/4/2019 Woodard/Grossfeld September 17, 2019 - January 28, 2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
In Session 795 Schedule
796 BLEA 9/10/2019 9/25/2019 Cheeseman/Grossfeld October 8, 2019 - February 20, 2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
In Session 796 Schedule
797 BLEA 9/24/2019 10/9/2019 Bennett/McGee October 22, 2019 - March 5, 2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
In Session 797 Schedule
798 BLEA 10/15/2019 10/30/2019 Davis/Wells November 13, 2019 - March 25, 2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
In Session 798 Schedule
799 BLEA 10/24/2019 11/7/2019 Osness/Bennett November 20, 2019 - April 2, 2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
In Session 799 Schedule
800 BLEA 11/5/2019 11/20/2019 Wells/Davis December 4, 2019 - April 14, 2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
In Session 800 Schedule
801 BLEA 11/21/2019 12/3/2019 Grossfeld/Westphal December 18, 2019 - April 28, 2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
In Session 801 Schedule
802 BLEA 12/6/2019 12/19/2019 Culp/Woodard January 8-May 15, 2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
In Session 802 Schedule
803 BLEA 1/7/2020 1/22/2020 DeVore/Grossfeld February 5-June 12, 2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Full
804 BLEA 1/14/2020 1/29/2020 Dan Strassenberg February 11-June 17, 2020 Spokane Police Academy
2302 North Waterworks Street
Spokane, WA 99212
Full
805 BLEA 2/4/2020 2/19/2020 Grossfeld/Allen March 4-July 10, 2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Full
806 BLEA 2/18/2020 3/3/2020 McGee/Bennett March 17-July 23, 2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Full
807 BLEA 3/6/2020 3/18/2020 TBD April 1-August 7, 2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Open
808 BLEA 3/26/2020 4/8/2020 TBD April 21-August 27, 2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Open
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