Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy

Academy Commander
Lieutenant Greg Herrera
Main Phone: (775) 789-5415

Regional Public Safety Training Center
Truckee Meadows Community College
5190 Spectrum Blvd.
Reno, Nevada 89512-3999
Phone: 775-789-5415 or Fax: 775-789-5420

The Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy is a Nevada approved Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Academy . The Academy is a cooperative effort between the Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC), Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

The basic P.O.S.T. Category I course is approximately 20 weeks in duration. The class schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; however, there are occasional evening and weekend classes. The curriculum consists of both academic and physical training. All applicants considered for attendance in the Academy must complete academic and physical testing as well as a law enforcement background investigation before consideration for acceptance.

General Information

College Credit

Candidates who successfully complete all areas of the academy will be offered 28 college credits toward their criminal justice degree from the Truckee Meadows Community College. Credits are offered in the following areas:

CRJ111 D04 Firearms I
CRJ114 D04 Firearms II
CRJ198 D04 Patrol Skills
CRJ198 D05 Physical Conditioning
CRJ198 D06 Patrol Skills
CRJ214 D04 Principles of Police Patrol Techniques
CRJ222 D04 Criminal Law and Procedure
CRJ229 D04 Defensive Tactics
CRJ285 D04 Special Topics/Police Reports
CRJ285 D05 DUI/Accident Investigation

Montgomery G.I. Bill Education Benefits

Recruits who are eligible for veteran's benefits should call (775) 673-7045. It is imperative that the Veterans Program is contacted prior to the Academy start date. Do not wait until classes begin.


Candidates who are not employed by a law enforcement agency may attend the Academy as a non-affiliate through Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC). Non-affiliate candidates must be 21 years of age at the start of the Academy. We suggest you contact TMCC Academic Advising Office at (775) 673-7062 to learn more about this program or click on the following link


Recruits must attend all instructional phases of the program, unless excused by the staff. Attendance is required by state law for P.O.S.T. training.


All recruits must maintain the established minimum score on all exams. Recruits 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, recruits must achieve acceptable levels of academic, physical fitness and practical skill performance.

Dismissal Policy

Recruits may be asked to voluntarily withdraw or may be dismissed for violation of any of the Academy rules, including, but not limited to conduct, 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.

Examination Process

The final grade will be based on the total number of points scored on the Academy written exams, weekly tests and practical scenarios. The final grade will be based on:

  1. Traditional, verbal and written exams.
  2. Performance in role playing, hands-on training, and demonstrated motor skills.
  3. Written evaluations by staff.

Physical Training

Physical training is an integral part of the Academy program and all recruits will be required to participate and meet the minimum training standards. Because the training standards require recruits to participate in a variety of strenuous activities, each recruit is required to have a physical examination and complete a medical history form prior to being accepted into the Academy. Required standards of performance will be reviewed within the first week of the Academy.

Physical Fitness Requirements

The P.O.S.T. basic Academy physical conditioning program is designed to prepare you to pass the fitness final at the end of the Academy. The program will train you to design your own fitness program so that you can maintain an elevated level of fitness for the rest of your life.

The Nevada P.O.S.T. minimum fitness standards have been adopted by the Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy. The standards require recruits to pass the following:

  • Vertical Jump - 14"
  • Agility run - 19.5 seconds
  • Sit ups - 30, one minute
  • Push ups - 23, no time limit
  • 300 meter run - 68 seconds
  • 1.5 mile run - 16:57

For additional information or questions, contact the Academy at 328-3352.


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