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  • On average, how long does an academy take to complete

    I was looking at the FHP and their academy is 30 weeks long. That to me seems like a ridiculously long time but if it's something you want, you should go for it. However, it would never be for me. I don't see the positive side to working for FHP. I rather work at a PD or an SO.

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    I looked into FHP just because I knew they were desperate and looking for people and the hiring freezes and competition might be a lot to deal with. After so research and reading on here, I came to the same conclusion you did. The academy I'm attending is the same length as a college semester for the full time academy. I'm pretty sure most are about the same here (at least the ones run by the community colleges) do a google search for "Florida Police Academies" and check ones that you might be interested in. Their sites will gives you all the information you need then you can come back with more detailed questions about specific academies.

    BTW, where in FL are you and what academies are you looking at? I can give you info on the three that I've checked out personally.
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    • #3
      The Mandatory number of hours in Florida is 770 hours. Most academies have some extra hours thrown in there for stuff. Ours has 40 hours (1 week) of end of course scenarios. Some teach your Speed Measurement (FHP). The academies are from 5-8 months for full time, and up to a year for part time.

      On an average ours is about 6 months given holidays and such.
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      • #4
        Another thing to take into consideration is holidays. They are going to most likely give you Thanksgiving, Xmas eve, Xmas, New years, etc off so you have to take into account days lost added on to the total amount. Academies that start in the Summer usually drag on longer due to these days. I am going by what I know in Washington State though. Your state may be a bit different. Just thought id share some of my insight for ya

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        • #5
          Here in Kansas, the KLETC (Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center) main campus in Hutchinson, KS has a 14 week residential police academy. It is not paramilitary. Another campus, the Johnson County Regional Police Academy has a 16 week course it is a college-like academy and non-residential. The Kansas Highway Patrol runs their own academy in Salina and it is 22 weeks long and paramilitary, it's also residential. Kansas City also runs it's own academy, and it is one of the longest at 24 weeks longs and it is paramilitary, but it's not residential.

          Unlike Florida, there are no self-sponsored academies here in Kansas. All recruits must have been hired by an agency to go through an academy, and that agency must pay them while they attend.

          As for FHP, I notice that they pay you to attend the academy, which seems like a good benefit. Also you get a take home car, and possibly the best and hardest training in the state. The pay sucks even compared to Kansas Highway Patrol (starting pay here is $40,000 a year), but if you are looking for an agency that isn't laying people off or on a long term hiring freeze, and you want to get your foot in the door, it looks like a great opportunity.
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          • #6
            Here in Louisville the academy is 30-31 weeks long. The academy is paramilitary as well. Just thought I'd put a different aspect in for you.

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            • #7
              Generally somewhere between 4 & 6 months, plus a field training period afterwards. My recruit academy was 26 weeks, plus 18 weeks minimum field training.
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              • #8
                In Minnesota you have to have at least a two year degree to apply for LEO jobs so you go through skills training or "academies" once you have gotten all prerequisites finished at whatever college your at. I went to one in St.Paul and it was two semesters long. MN State Patrol's academy is 12 weeks long, you graduate and then go back for three additional weeks that wasn't necessary to include in the academy and then go onto FTO. Like all other state agencies it is paramilitary and requires you to live at Camp Ripley M-F. Minneapolis PD and St.Paul PD have academies that run about 12 weeks as well I think. Also paramilitary in nature, but allow you to go home everynight. Some other departments that are larger but not as large as MPD or SPPD run mini-academies for new hires.

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                • #9
                  The full Iowa Law Enforcement Academy is 13 weeks long (you live there M-F, it's at Camp Dodge Army base in Johnston). You may qualify for the "short" academies if you have an AA in Criminal Justice or Police Science. The short academies are held at 2 or 3 community colleges around the state (M-F but go home every night). Two large agencies in Iowa that I can think of have their own in-house academies. Des Moines PD I think is somewhere around 20 weeks, and I believe Cedar Rapids PD is somewhere around 16 weeks. Iowa State Patrol does their own academy also, and it is somewhere around 18 weeks IIRC.

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                  • #10
                    It's amazing how different academy lengths are around the country. Anywhere from 13 to 30+ weeks! You'd think it would be somewhat uniform...

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                    • #11
                      In Minnesota it is 8 weeks at some places, but the most popular place is 10 weeks. This is because MN requires all people to have already completed the academic side of law enforcement before you go to the academy (Crim Law, Crim Procedure, Miranda, Search and Seizure, etc...). So there is very limited academics/criminal law class work during this time, it is almost entirely hands on and specific law enforcement class work (DV, Interviewing, etc..).

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                      • #12
                        MLEOTA, in Pearl Mississippi, the basic classes are ten weeks while the trooper clases are twenty two weeks.

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                        • #13
                          Dallas PD has an in house academy that is 32 weeks long. The state mandated portion of the training to be certified as an officer takes roughly 20 weeks. I don't know the hours the state actually requires. The rest of the time is spent on Dallas specific training. Things like General Orders, city ordinances, radio procedures, report writing, ect. I think some of it could be eliminated to shorten the academy, but that's not my call to make. Since they pay you to attend, I don't see an issue anyway.

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                          • #14
                            In NC BLET is 16 weeks if you go full time. They do night programs that are from 7-9 months depending on how it is set up. The curriculum is standardized state wide at ~630 hours of class time. A few larger departments and the highway patrol do their own academies that add some time on top of that.

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                            • #15
                              Mine took 18 weeks.
                              I see dumb people in the mirror.

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