Peace Officer Standards & Training Commission (P.O.S.T.)
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 Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Commission is responsible for developing and enforcing standards and training for all local police officers. The Commission also promotes continuing law enforcement training for the full time peace officers in Tennessee. The Commission is composed of 15 members and includes local law enforcement personnel, legislators, and Tennessee citizens who are not connected with law enforcement. The work of the Commission is supported by two staff members, as well as by the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy staff.
Serving as the primary regulatory body for Tennessee law enforcement, the P.O.S.T. Commission develops and enforces standards for law enforcement agencies statewide including physical, educational, and proficiency skills requirements for both employment and training. In addition to setting standards, the Commission certifies law enforcement training instructors, curricula, and specialized schools. Training programs that may seek P.O.S.T. certification include the basic police training required of all new recruits and continuing education training programs officers complete to fulfill the P.O.S.T. required 40 hours of in-service training each year.