Basic Law Enforcement Academy

The Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) is Washington’s mandated training academy for all city and county entry-level peace officers in the state.  Through a centralized training model, Washington ensures all officers are equipped with the same base-level understanding of their responsibility to the communities they serve, standards to uphold, and education for effective community-oriented policing .  To facilitate this training, WSCJTC hires exceptional training officers from agencies throughout the state and current subject matter experts.

With a focus on a guardian model of policing, students attend a wide array of courses throughout the 720 academy hours.  A description of the courses covered is available on our Core Block Descriptions page and in our syllabus.  WSCJTC is committed to developing new officers to high standards and providing exceptional training to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively protect the life, liberty and property of the people they serve.

A complete breakdown of academy hours is available for download. Additionally, older hour breakdowns are available on our Curricula page.

Washington State does not allow for self-sponsorship to attend BLEA. All students must first be hired by a law enforcement agency who will submit application materials on their behalf. Training must be commenced within six months of hire. For more information, please review RCW 43.101.220 and WAC 193-05-210.

IMPORTANT:  The Basic Training Division has moved to online registration through the WSCJTC Acadis Portal by agency authorized personnel. For technical questions regarding the WSCJTC Acadis Portal please email lms@cjtc.wa.gov. For registration questions please email basictraining@cjtc.wa.gov

 

 

In order to attend BLEA, recruits must pass the Physical Ability Test (PAT).  PAT will occur generally two weeks after selection for a class, and two weeks prior to the start of class.

Agencies, recruits, and prospective applicants can view UPDATED PAT requirements here. View an overview of the new requirements here. See new PAT scoring sheet here. The ability to administer the old and new PAT has been extended to June 30th.

The Legislature has continued the mandated 25%, plus ammunition, cost share for the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Agencies will be billed post the first day of class and payment is expected prior to graduation per RCW 43.101.200.

View our full cost share sheet for mandated and non mandated agencies here.

Serena Anastasio (Basic Training Registrar)

(206) 835-7299

Who can attend our classes?

This academy is open to recruits who have been hired by a law enforcement agency.  Sponsoring agencies will submit application materials on the recruits' behalf.

Required Equipment

A detailed list of academy equipment required will be distributed to recruits after their passing of the Physical Ability Test (PAT).  This list will also be emailed to training officers listed on the recruits BLEA application.

It is the agency's responsibility to provide the recruit with the equipment needed.

Training Officers: If you require a list of equipment in advance, please contact the registrar for our most up-to-date list.

Pre-Course work

Pre-course work for this class is required.  Upon successful completion of the PAT, recruits will receive the pre-academy assignment from their TAC Officers.

Agencies, recruits, and prospective applicants can view UPDATED PAT requirements here. See new PAT scoring sheet here.

Training Officers:  Pre-academy assignments will be emailed directly to the training officer listed on the recruit's BLEA application.

Dress Code

PAT uniform requirements will be emailed to training officers upon a recruits' selection for a class.

A detailed list of uniform requirements for the duration of the academy will be distributed to recruits after their passing of the Physical Ability Test (PAT).  This list will also be emailed to training officers listed on the recruits BLEA application.

It is the agency's responsibility to provide the recruit with the uniforms needed.

Training Officers: If you would like a list of uniform requirements in advance, please contact the registrar for our most up-to-date list.

Regulation

The Basic Law Enforcement Academy must be completed by fully commissioned law enforcement officers of a city, county, or political subdivision of the state of Washington per WAC 139-05-200 and RCW 43.101.200.

Mandated agencies: City, County, State Universities, Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, and Railroad

Non mandated agencies: Tribal Police, Gambling Commission, Liquor & Cannabis Board, WA State Parks & Recreation, Arson Investigators, DNR and Reserves.

Schedule

BLEA classes are typically held 0715 to 1630 Monday through Friday.  There will be some evening training required.

The number of BLEA classes held per year will vary each year depending on legislative decisions and funding.  The schedules below outline all classes approved for the specified fiscal year.  

Please note: These schedules are subject to change without notice.  Training Officers must read selection notices carefully to ensure they have the correct dates.

Cancellation

Agency's wishing to cancel an applicant must notify the registrar via phone or email.

REQUIRED FORMS

IMPORTANT:  The Basic Training Division has moved to online registration through the WSCJTC Acadis Portal by agency authorized personnel. For technical questions regarding the WSCJTC Acadis Portal please email lms@cjtc.wa.gov. For registration questions please email basictraining@cjtc.wa.gov

To register an applicant for this Academy, the following attachments must be included: 

  • CJ-1251 Statement of Fitness
  • CJ-1253 Student Liability Release

All forms are available for download below. Note: The below application document is for your reference only.

Effective May 1st, 2021:

Submitting an incomplete registration request through the Acadis Portal is allowed. However, the request will not be processed until it is completed- it will remain in the queue (Application List) until all prerequisites are attached. Doing this only guarantees a spot in the queue, incomplete requests will not secure a spot in any specific class. Complete registrations are processed into open seats daily on a first-come/first-served basis. Therefore, it is best to submit only complete registration requests, confirming all aspects of the prerequisites are completed, to secure a seat in a class.

Once a request has been submitted through the Acadis Portal, complete or incomplete, only CJTC may make changes to it. Therefore, any prerequisites needing to be attached must be submitted to basictraining@cjtc.wa.gov.

Notices of Hire and Separation can be found on the Peace Officer Certification information page. 

 

Training sessions

Session Session Title Selection Date PAT Test Date Instructor(s) Dates & Hours Location Status Downloads
820 BLEA 3/11/2021 3/25/2021 Grossfeld/ Green 4/7/2021 - 8/6/2021 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
In Session BLEA 820 Schedule
821 BLEA 4/8/2021 4/21/2021 Woodard/ Allen 5/5/2021 - 9/9/2021 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
In Session BLEA 821 Schedule
822 BLEA 5/6/2021 5/19/2021 Westphal/ Woodard 6/2/2021 - 10/7/2021 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
In Session BLEA 822 Schedule
823 BLEA 6/9/2021 6/23/2021 Culp/ Shearer 7/7/2021 - 11/10/2021 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Closed BLEA 823 Schedule
824 BLEA 6/29/2021 7/13/2021 Allen/ Westphal 7/27/2021 - 12/3/2021 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Closed BLEA 824 Schedule
825 BLEA 7/8/2021 7/21/2021 8/3/2021 - 12/10/2021 Spokane Police Training Center
2302 North Waterworks Street
Spokane, WA 99212
Full
826 BLEA 7/16/2021 7/28/2021 Cheeseman/ 8/10/2021 - 12/17/2021 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Full
827 BLEA 8/4/2021 8/18/2021 Sele/ Cheeseman 9/1/2021 - 1/13/2022 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Full
828 BLEA 8/31/2021 9/14/2021 Woodard/ 9/28/2021 - 2/8/2022 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Full
829 BLEA 9/22/2021 10/6/2021 Green/ Woodard 10/19/2021 - 3/3/2022 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Open
830 BLEA 10/20/2021 11/2/2021 11/16/2021 - 3/30/2022 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Open
831 BLEA 11/9/2021 11/23/2021 12/7/2021 - 4/15/2022 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Open
832 BLEA 12/8/2021 12/21/2021 1/4/2022 - 5/12/2022 Spokane Police Training Center
2302 North Waterworks Street
Spokane, WA 99212
Open
833 BLEA 12/9/2021 12/22/2021 1/5/2022 - 5/12/2022 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Open
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