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    Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy (TLETA)

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    I am pleased to announce the phased reopening of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy and POST Commission facilities. As you are all aware, current health concerns are compounded by the realities of a large residential law enforcement academy. In order to reopen as responsibly as possible, Governor Lee has approved us to begin training in very limited groups on May 18, 2020. From this point, class sizes will increase incrementally until we begin a full occupancy 135- person Basic Law Enforcement School on July 5, 2020.

    Specialized schools will be announced on our website immediately upon their being scheduled. Unfortunately, this situation has pushed back basic training by one class this year. The Basic Law Enforcement School beginning July 5, 2020 will be comprised of those students who have been accepted and enrolled in the class previously scheduled to begin on March 29, 2020. Students currently scheduled for the July basic class will be rescheduled to attend the September 27, 2020 Basic Law Enforcement School.

    Please note that all students will undergo initial Covid-19 testing and periodic screening thereafter. Students attending Specialized classes will be required to reside on campus and will not be permitted to leave campus until the completion of training. Students attending POST Transition School or Basic Law Enforcement School will be required to reside on campus and will not be permitted to leave campus during the training week. They will be allowed to return to their homes on weekends but will be retested or screened upon their return for the next week’s training. 

    POST Commission employees will continue to provide support to agencies by working from home. The physical facilities will remain closed to visitors unless an appointment has been specifically arranged.

    The Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy (T.L.E.T.A.) was authorized by the 1963 General Assembly for the purpose of training state, county and city law enforcement officers. The Academy was brought under the Department of Safety in 1983.

    In 1999, the Academy was awarded accreditation by the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation Inc., (CALEA), along with other Department of Safety law enforcement divisions. We were brought under the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance in 2006.  This year, T.L.E.T.A. expects to train more law enforcement officers than ever before through its Basic Police Recruit and specialized training courses.

    T.L.E.T.A. also offers Community Policing, Anti-Gang training courses and other training at various sites around the state. This method of training allows officers to receive in-service and advanced training near their duty stations. Goals:

    To provide excellent instruction in basic, advanced and technical subjects for the Tennessee law enforcement community
    To employ teaching methods best suited for the subject taught and the student's particular learning needs
    To continually upgrade course content with the latest research and recommended professional practices
    To stimulate inquiry and provide fresh perspectives on the law enforcement career

    There are four 12-week Basic Police Schools held each year at the Academy.   From 1966 to 2019, there have been 300 Basic Police Schools that have trained 21,369 cadets, as well as 1,808 specialized schools that have trained 56,542 students. 

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