Basic Law Enforcement Academy

The Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) is Washington’s mandated training academy for all city and county entry-level peace officers in the state.  Through a centralized training model, Washington ensures all officers are equipped with the same base-level understanding of their responsibility to the communities they serve, standards to uphold, and education for effective community-oriented policing .  To facilitate this training, WSCJTC hires exceptional training officers from agencies throughout the state and current subject matter experts.

With a focus on a guardian model of policing, students attend a wide array of courses throughout the 720 academy hours.  A description of the courses covered is available on our Core Block Descriptions page and in our syllabus.  WSCJTC is committed to developing new officers to high standards and providing exceptional training to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively protect the life, liberty and property of the people they serve.

A complete breakdown of academy hours is available for download. Additionally, older hour breakdowns are available on our Curricula page.

Washington State does not allow for self-sponsorship to attend BLEA. All students must first be hired by a law enforcement agency who will submit application materials on their behalf. Training must be commenced within six months of hire. For more information, please review RCW 43.101.220 and WAC 193-05-210.

 

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 PAT Test Date Instructor(s) Dates & Hours Location Status Downloads
802 BLEA 12/6/2019 12/19/2019 Culp/Woodard 1/8/2020 - 7/10/2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
In Session 802 Resume Schedule
803 BLEA 1/7/2020 1/22/2020 DeVore/Grossfeld 2/5/2020 - 8/12/2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
In Session 803 Resume Schedule
804 BLEA 1/14/2020 1/29/2020 Whapeles/Strassenberg 2/11/2020 - 7/14/2020 Spokane Police Academy
2302 North Waterworks Street
Spokane, WA 99212
In Session
805 BLEA 2/4/2020 2/19/2020 Grossfeld/Allen 3/4/2020 - 9/11/2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
In Session 805 Resume Schedule
806 BLEA 2/18/2020 3/3/2020 McGee/Bennett 6/23/2020 - 10/16/2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Full 806 Schedule
807 BLEA 6/11/2020 6/24/2020 Wells/DeVore 7/8/2020 - 10/30/2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Full 807 Schedule
808 BLEA 6/30/2020 7/14/2020 Woodard/McGee 7/28/2020 - 11/20/2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Full
809 BLEA 7/9/2020 7/21/2020 Cheeseman/Wells 8/4/2020 - 12/1/2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Full
810 BLEA 7/28/2020 8/11/2020 TBD 8/25/2020 - 12/22/2020 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Full
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