Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy Information
Registration and tuition fees must be paid in advance. Tuition includes 28 college credits towards a criminal justice degree. Credits are offered in the following areas:
- CRJ111B Firearms I
- CRJ114B Firearms II
- CRJ198B Patrol Skills
- CRJ198B EVOC
- CRJ198B Physical Conditioning
- CRJ214 Principles of Police Patrol Techniques
- CRJ222 Criminal Law and Procedure
- CRJ229B Defensive Tactics
- CRJ285B Police Reports
- CRJ285B DUI/Accident Investigation
Credit is given upon successful completion of the academy.
NOTE: Peace Officers' Standards and Training has added an assessment fee of $50 for the administration of the State Certification Examination Category I. An additional fee of $25 will apply for each subsequent examination (category I and III combined).
Financial Aid and Veteran's Benefits
Eligible students may obtain financial aid through the financial aid office at Truckee Meadows Community College. Students who are eligible for veterans benefits should call veterans educational benefits office.
Note: It is imperative that you make contact with the financial aid office well in advance of the academy start date. Do not wait until classes begin.
Unless excused by the staff, students must attend all instructional phases of the program. Attendance is required by state law for P.O.S.T. training.
Time Off Requests and Court Appearances
If, for any reason, a student will be absent from class, the student must request time off from a staff member in advance.
All students must maintain the established minimum score on all exams. Students unable to pass any phase of the academy will not be allowed to continue.
To qualify for a certificate of course completion from TMCC and to be eligible for P.O.S.T certification in the State of Nevada, students must achieve acceptable levels of academic, physical fitness and practical skill performance.
Students may be asked to voluntarily withdraw or may be dismissed for violation of any of the TMCC rules for student conduct, for poor preparation or neglect of studies, basic lack of academic and/or psychomotor skills, failure to meet appearance standards, excessive absence or tardiness, cheating or disruptive behavior.
Students who are unable to complete an examination due to circumstances beyond their control, such as illness, injury, family or job emergency may be issued a grade of incomplete and allowed to attempt completion in the next available academy.
See TMCC's Refund Policy.
A student who withdraws or is dismissed from the academy due to an inability to maintain a satisfactory level of academic performance or demonstrated motor skill proficiency must wait until the next available academy to apply for re-admission.
- Your class standing will be based on the total number of points scored on the Academy written exams, weekly tests and practical scenarios.
Your final grade will be based on:
- Traditional, verbal and written exams.
- Performance in role playing, hands-on training, demonstrated motor skills, etc.
- Written evaluations by staff.
- Academy testing is conducted on the honor system and cheating in any form will not be tolerated. Violation of the honor system will result in automatic dismissal.
- Remediation may be conducted for those students who do not successfully achieve performance objectives during the initial examination process.
- A student who fails to successfully meet minimum standards after remediation and re-testing will not be certified as having completed the academy.
Physical training is an integral part of the academy program and all students will be required to participate and meet the training standards. Because the training standards require students to participate in a variety of strenuous activities each student is required to have a physical examination and complete a medical history form. Required standards of performance will be reviewed the first day of the academy.
Students having any questions concerning their ability to complete the physical fitness requirements should contact the academy staff prior to applying.
Physical Fitness Requirements
The P.O.S.T. basic academy physical conditioning program is designed to prepare you to pass a fitness final at the end of the academy. The program will train you to design your own fitness program to maintain an elevated level of fitness for the rest of your life.
The new minimum fitness standards were adopted by Nevada P.O.S.T. and were adopted by Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy in January 2001. The physical fitness standards for entrance into the academy for non-affiliated students are as follows:
- One and one-half mile run: 20 minutes 20 seconds or less
- Minimum number of sit-ups: 13
- Minimum number of push-ups: 15
- Vertical jump: 12 inches
- 300 meter sprint: 89 seconds or less
The physical fitness standards at completion of academy are as follows:
- One and one-half mile run: 17 minutes 17 seconds or less
- Minimum number of sit-ups: 15
- minimum number of push-ups: 18
- Vertical jump: 14 inches
- 300 meter sprint: 77 seconds or less
Injuries or Illness
It is the responsibility of the student who becomes ill or receives an injury to report the injury to a staff member as soon as possible. The student will complete the appropriate forms and be referred to an authorized doctor or medical facility if necessary.
Uniforms and equipment are provided by the recruit and are not included in Academy tuition.
White polo shirt with recruit's name on it. (Specification: Flying Cross model 6600 Poly-Rayon or 7800 Poly, white)
Black DBU pants
- For use at the range and scenario training students will need plain blue jeans in good condition.
Black plain toe shoes or boots. Shoes or boots must take a glossy shine and meet agency standard for footwear. Clarino (patent leather) is NOT permitted.
Black socks are to be worn if exposed.
- Fitness Equipment
Plain black zippered, hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants, black shorts, grey t-shirt. White running shoes, white socks and mat shoes.
- "Sam Brown" or "Sally Brown" duty belt, black basket weave
- Trouser belt, black basket weave
- Black leather basket weave holster
- Handcuff case
- Magazine pouch
- Four belt keepers
- Flashlight and holder (Any two D-cell or larger 'police' style flashlight. Must have a button or momentary type switching) Rechargeable flashlight recommended
- Chain-type handcuffs
- PR-24 and straight stick with holders
- Eye protection (prescription or sunglasses are sufficient)
- Two white three-ring notebooks
- Ruled paper and 20 index dividers for notebooks
- Pens and pencils
Weapons and Ammunition
- Affiliated students will use department issued weapons or agency approved alternates. A letter of authorization on department letterhead must be submitted to academy staff.
- Unaffiliated students are requested to use a quality semi-automatic pistol in the following calibers; 9mm, 10mm, .40 Smith and Wesson or .45 ACP. The following manufacturers are recommended; Smith and Wesson, Beretta, Glock, Sig Sauer, or H and K. For further suggestions contact the academy staff. Agency sponsored students will meet the requirements of their agency.
- The following weapons are not allowed:
- Single-action semi-automatics, unless authorized by the agency and accompanied by a letter of authorization.
- All auto pistols must have a total of three magazines.
- Shotguns for students use will be provided by the academy.
- 1,500 rounds of full metal jacket, factory loaded practice ammunition for duty weapon.
- 75 practice shotgun loads (for example: trap or 8 shot) 25 rounds of 00 buckshot NO "HAND LOADED" AMMUNITION IS ALLOWED.
- 500 rounds of .223 ball rifle ammunition.
Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Equipment
Students are responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged equipment issued by the college and will be expected to reimburse the college prior to being issued a certificate of completion.
Graduation will be held upon completion of the academy. Department heads, officials, friends and relatives of the graduates are invited to attend.