Basic Law Enforcement School

Basic Law Enforcement School

Orientation -- Attendance is mandatory!

  • September 22, 2023 (for school starting October 1, 2023)
  • December 1, 2023 (for school starting January 7, 2024)
  • March 8, 2024 (for school starting March 31, 2024)
  • May 31, 2024 (for school starting July 7, 2024)
  • September 6, 2024 (for school starting September 29, 2024)


  • October 1 - December 21, 2023
  • January 7 - March 29, 2024
  • March 31 - June 21, 2024
  • July 7 - September 27, 2024
  • September 29 - December 20, 2024
Start/End Time(s) Orientation
All orientation days begin at 11:00 a.m. 
Students should arrive on the first Sunday of school by 2:00 p.m.
Location Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy
3025 Lebanon Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
Instructor(s) TLETA Instructors
Adjunct Faculty
Description The Basic Police School is the mainstay of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. Our mission is to produce a physically fit, highly motivated, basically trained police office thoroughly indoctrinated in the ethics and professional standards of the law enforcement profession. The officer will have a degree of both technical and tactical proficiency to function on the streets as well as in the criminal and civil courts of our state.  
Fee County & Local Officers - FREE
State Officers - $3,900
Private Agencies - $7,800 Basic Police School
Criminal Justice Majors - $9,600
Length A minimum of 480 hours  
Prerequisites Applicants must be employed as a full time (twenty hours or more a week) law enforcement officer. OR Be a senior in college, majoring in criminal law or criminal justice. A recommendation by your counselor is required.  
  • Class A or issued training uniform for travel to and from the Academy.  If no uniform is available, your officer must wear shirt, tie, and slacks. Female officers who do not have a uniform will wear slacks.  Casual clothes may be worn after class hours.  The Class A uniform or a dress suit must be worn for the class picture and during graduation ceremony.
  • Departmental duty belt and holster.
  • Gym shoes for physical training. 
  • Mouth piece, groin protection, vest, duty belt, duty weapon, handcuffs, etc.
  • A 1-gallon water jug with a sealable cap.
  • Student handouts will be distributed via electronic means; therefore, they will need to bring a laptop or tablet.
To Register

The TLETA Basic Police School application webform is located on the Acadis Portal. Please go the Academy Resources tab and choose TLETA Basic Police School Application.  This is only to be completed AFTER the application for officer certification has been approved by POST and the officer has received their PSID number.

If you are a State agency that does not apply for POST certification and need to register for Basic Police School, please contact Kelly Morgan at


You can find the Application for Officer Certification webform on the Acadis Portal here -

Other Notes Click here for an introduction to physical preparation at TLETA.