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POST Training Academy

All members of Idaho POST are committed to ensuring all officers, no matter the discipline, receive high quality, relevant, and practical basic and continuing education to serve the ever changing needs of society.

The POST training academies are conducted on the Meridian campus. The curriculum focuses on the foundation of knowledge and practical skills necessary to be a law enforcement or peace officer in the state of Idaho. Successful completion of a POST basic academy or its equivalent is required to be eligible for basic certification. The disciplines instructed at our Meridian campus are Patrol, Detention, Corrections, Misdemeanor and Felony Probation, Emergency Communications, Juvenile Probation, Juvenile Detention, and Juvenile Corrections.

Attending an Academy

Before attending an academy, officers must first be hired by an Idaho law enforcement agency. Their agency will send them through the process.
Once POST receives the application (submitted by the agency) and it is cleared, POST will inform the student’s agency about their acceptance into the next academy. More in-depth details are sent 30 days prior to the start date.
We do not have a self-sponsor option in Idaho. If you are looking to attend an academy on your own accord, the college programs may be right for you.
Students are expected to meet the minimum physical requirements  upon entry to any POST academy class. The students must then maintain a 75 percent Academic standard throughout the duration of the  Academy.

*Please note, some agencies host their own basic academies, teaching the POST objectives. Although, the majority of Idaho agencies do send officers to our Meridian campus.

If you are looking for academy curriculum, please visit our Curriculum page. 

For academy lengths, hours, and subjects please see below 

The corrections academy is 4 weeks. Please see the academy hours for details on the subjects and hours breakdown.

The detention academy is 6 weeks. Please see the academy hours for details on the subjects and hours breakdown.

The ECO academy is 2 weeks. Please see the academy hours for details on the subjects and hours breakdown.

Emergency communications officers do have the opportunity to attend an online basic academy. It is up to the agency whether the officer goes in person or online.

The misdemeanor probation academy is 3.5 weeks. Please see the academy hours for details on the subjects and hours breakdown.

The P&P academy is 5.5 weeks. Please see the academy hours for details on the subjects and hours breakdown.

The patrol academy is 14 weeks. Please see the academy hours for details on the subjects and hours breakdown.

The juvenile corrections academy is 2 weeks. Please see the academy hours for details on the subjects and hours breakdown.

The juvenile detention academy is 3 weeks. Please see the academy hours for details on the subjects and hours breakdown.

The juvenile probation academy is 3 weeks. Please see the academy hours for details on the subjects and hours breakdown.

Dorm Rooms

Dorm rooms are only available for anyone residing more than a 30 mile radius from POST. Dorm rooms are limited and are available upon request when completing the academy online application, provided by your agency.
If you have questions about our dorm facilities, please contact Tammy Kelly at 208.884.7292 or tamara.kelly@post.idaho.gov

POST Training Academy Contacts

Jeremy Beck
208.884.7337
jeremy.beck@post.idaho.gov

Academy Assistant to: Patrol, Detention, Emergency Communications, and Adult Misdemeanor Probation 

Jordan Carsner
208.884.7318
jordan.carsner@post.idaho.gov

Academy Assistant to:
Correction, Felony Probation and Parole, Juvenile Corrections, Juvenile Detention, Juvenile Probation

Basic Training Forms

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