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.

     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.  If you have a question regarding LEOSA, please contact (615) 741-4461.


    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 2020, there have been 303 Basic Police Schools that have trained 21,654 cadets, as well as 1,826 specialized schools that have trained 56,858 students. 

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