Q Must I supply my own equipment? Does the Academy have equipment to loan?
The LETA program provides much of the equipment for training, however, recruits are required to purchase their own physical fitness gear, uniform, gun belt with accessories, and handgun. Refer to the Recruit Expense sheet for cost estimates.
Q I want to attend and am not associated with a law enforcement agency. What do I need to know?
You should apply as an Open Enrollee and complete an Information Request Form
to receive the application and related documents.
Q Is this program similar to the police academy training required for full-time police officers in Arizona?
The LETA program meets and/or exceeds training given to full-time peace officers attending a full-time in-service academy and is certified by Arizona POST. All instructors in this program are Arizona Post Certified Instructors. The program maintains the same curriculum, instructors, and standards of other full-time academies. The only difference between the CGCC LETA academy and full-time academies is the extended format of 10 months.
Q What kind of physical activity is required of me?
The LETA program is academically, emotionally, and physically challenging. It is imperative applicants become involved in a physical fitness program before the academy starts. Please consult with your physician prior to starting any exercise program. It is recommended recruits be able to run the 1.5 mile in 16 minutes or less, perform approximately 20 full-body pushups and 25 sit-ups in one minute. By the end of the first semester, recruits must pass the Police Officers Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT). The POPAT test includes a 6' solid wall climb, 6' chain fence climb, 99 yard obstacle course, 165 pound body drag, and a 500 yard sprint.
Q Will I be a certified Police Officer upon graduation and how long will I be certified?
Upon successful completion of the LETA program you receive an Arizona POST certificate which makes you eligible to become “appointed” by any law enforcement agency in the State of Arizona. You will have no authority until such time you become appointed by an agency. Your certificate/eligibility is valid for up to 3 years after graduation and agencies will accept your application for employment as a “lateral” officer.
Q If I have training and classes from another state or previous experience that covers the information taught in the academy, do I still have to attend those academy classes?
Yes. Arizona POST requires recruits to attend the entire academy program to insure recruits meet the minimum academic and proficiency performance objectives for the program. Previous training, certificates, and/or education cannot be substituted for classes provided in the academy.
Q How many hours of training can I miss?
Per Arizona POST rules, a cadet can not miss more than 16 hours of training the first semester and a total of 32 hours over both semesters. In any case, all performance objectives required by Arizona POST must be satisfied. This may require extra make-up work (a research paper or other assignments) covering the missed material. Final authority to allow make-up and credit for missed classes rests with the LETA Director and Arizona POST.
Q Is there job placement available?
Over 90% of the CGCC LETA graduates have been hired by law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Arizona. Agencies frequently visit and/or recruit students in the program for open and available positions within their respective agencies. It should be noted, however, there is no guarantee of employment upon completion of the program.
Q How much does it cost?
The Academy is 17 credit hours for the first semester and 13 credit hours for the second semester. The cost of tuition is $81 per credit hour (in district), or $1377 for the first semester and $1053 for the second semester. There is also a $150 fee the first semester and $100 fee the second semester. Some agencies reimburse the recruits for successful completion of the program. If financial aid is needed, please have recruits contact the Financial Aid office at the college at least 16 weeks prior to starting the program.
Q How do I register for classes?
If you are sponsored
by an Arizona law enforcement agency, the agency must contact Jon Terpay
at 480-988-8756 to reserve your place. The agency is required to provide the original Arizona POST 'AA' Form completed and signed by the agency representative and yourself at the first class session. If you are enrolling through the open enrollment
process at CGCC, you will need to complete the Open Enrollment Process prior to attending. This process must be completed prior to the first day of classes and takes approximately 6-8 weeks. You must obtain an application packet by completing the Information Request Form
Q Is financial aid available?
Yes, however the financial aid office should be contacted at least 16 weeks prior to the LETA class start date. Please contact the Financial Aid
office for further information. Phone: 480.988.8135
Q Can I use the GI bill?
Yes. Contact the Veterans Office
Q How does the background process work?
Once your application packet is submitted and you pay the background fee, it will be reviewed for any Arizona POST disqualifiers
. If none exist, your file will be assigned to a background investigator who will schedule a background interview. After the interview we it will be determined if there is anything in your past which will preclude you from being accepted into the academy. If there are no areas of concern, your background investigator will continue the background process and if successful, you will be scheduled for a polygraph examination. Upon successful completion of the polygraph, you will then be scheduled for the medical examination. Upon successful completion of the medical exam, your background file will be sent to the Academy Director for review. If accepted to the program, the Director will mail you a packet to report to Orientation. Orientation is scheduled approximately 10 days prior to the start date of the academy and you will return the completed registration forms and meet with representatives from Student Services.
Q What if I have some concerns about my history and whether or not I can pass the background check?
Arizona POST has a list of disqualifications which will prevent you from applying for the academy. For other situations of concern not listed in the Arizona POST disqualifications
, it is recommended you apply and pay for the background investigation. Only then will we be able to determine whether or not your history will preclude you from being accepted into the academy.