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Publication State and Local Law Enforcement Training Academies, 2013

Brian A. Reaves, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics

July 21, 2016    NCJ 249784

Presents findings on the basic training programs of more than 600 state and local law enforcement training academies, including data on program content, recruits, and instructors. Program content is described in terms of teaching methods, major subject areas, average hours of instruction, and curriculum development methods. It describes recruits in terms of demographics, completion rates, and reasons for failure. Employment data by academy type, size, and instructor training requirements are also included. Data are from the 2013 Census of Law Enforcement Training Academies (CLETA), which collected data from all state and local academies that provided basic law enforcement training from 2011 to 2013. Academies that provided only in-service, corrections and detention, or other specialized training were excluded.


  • On average, 45,000 recruits entered basic law enforcement training programs each year from 2011 to 2013.
  • From 2011 to 2013, an estimated 86% of the recruits who started a basic training program completed it successfully.
  • About 1 in 7 recruits entering basic training programs were female.
  • Nearly 1 in 3 recruits were members of a racial or ethnic minority.
  • From 2011 to 2013, academies at 2-year colleges graduated the most recruits (10,000 per year), followed by municipal police (6,200) academies.

Part of the State and Local Law Enforcement Training Academies Series

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