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Peace Officer Standards & Training Commission (P.O.S.T.)

On March 17, 2020, in cooperation with Governor Lee’s efforts to combat the spread of Covid-19, the Department of Commerce and Insurance has directed that Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy and POST Commission facilities be closed after Monday, March 23, 2020.

The Basic Law Enforcement School that is scheduled to begin March 28, 2020 is postponed. The March 20, 2020 Orientation for this course is also postponed.

The POST Transition School that is scheduled to begin March 22, 2020 is postponed.

The Law Enforcement Management and Administration (LEMA) course that is scheduled to begin April 13, 2020 is postponed.

Agencies will be notified as soon as new Orientation and/or Check-in dates are established for these classes. While we do not know how long this closure will last, we can say with certainty that no classes will commence prior to April 26, 2020. As always, an Orientation date will be held approximately one week prior to the commencement of any Basic Law Enforcement School.

Agencies who will need to seek waivers due to delayed entry to these trainings should submit their requests to POST26will be working remotely to provide all possible support during the closure. Thank you for your constant support and we look forward to beginning training again at the earliest possible opportunity. 

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 eighteen 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.