Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy
The Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission require basic recruit students to successfully complete a training program of 770 hours as part of the process of becoming a certified law enforcement officer. Recruits are required to attend all scheduled training sessions, except for absences approved by the Academy Director. This course is comprised of seventeen (17) areas of instruction, which includes four (4) high liability areas (Defensive Tactics, Medical First Responder to Emergencies, Criminal Justice Weapons and Vehicle Operations). Recruits must score at least an 80% on all written exams, as well as perform the required level of skills proficiency in the high liability areas. Defensive Tactics and Medical First Responder to Emergencies require 100% accuracy on skills taught during the training program. During Defensive Tactics the recruit will be exposed to chemical agents. Criminal Justice Weapons and Vehicle Operations require 80% accuracy on skills taught during the training program.
Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy graduates are heavily recruited by agencies from across Florida. Every class completes at least one community service project to help students understand how to serve as well as protect. We offer a seamless transition from job related training to career related education through the Tallassee Community College.