Alaska Police Standards Council - The
Legislature granted the Council the power
to adopt regulations establishing
minimum selection and training standards
for employment as police officers as well
as other regulations for the
administration of the act. In 1988 House
Bill 367 expanded the councilís
jurisdiction to include corrections,
probation and parole officers.
Alabama Peace Officer’s Standards
and Training Commission - The
Training Center, operated by the Alabama
Department of Public Safety, has led the
way in law enforcement training in
Alabama. The Department of Public
Safety has assumed the major
responsibility of training its own officers
since its formation in 1935. In 1954,
some 17 years before enactment of laws
concerning peace officer's standards and
training, the Department established the
Alabama Police Academy.
Arizona Peace Officer Standards and
Training Board: AZPOST -Created by
an act of the 28th Arizona legislature on
July 1, 1968 The Arizona Peace Officer
Standards and Training Board stands to
foster public trust and confidence by
establishing and maintaining standards of
integrity, competence, and
professionalism for Arizona peace officers
and correctional officers.  We are
committed to producing and maintaining
the most professional law enforcement
officers in America.
Arkansas Commission on Law
Enforcement Standards and Training
- Mission Statement  - To encourage
increasing the professional competency
of law enforcement officers in the State
of Arkansas by providing standards for
employment and training and by
providing, sponsoring, or conducting
training and by conducting or stimulating
studies and research designed to
improve the administration of law
enforcement and implementing the
commission's regulations.
California Commission on Peace
Officer Standards and Training
(POST)- The Commission on Peace
Officer Standards and Training (POST)
was established by the Legislature in
1959 to set minimum selection and
training standards for California law
enforcement. The POST organization,
with more than 130 staff members,
functions under the direction of an
Executive Director appointed by the
Colorado Peace Officers Standards
and Training (POST) - Colorado
P.O.S.T. is involved in many aspects of
in-service training and on-going efforts
to provide the best training resources
possible for Colorado peace officers.
Connecticut Police Officer Standards
and Training Council (POST) - The
Police Officer Standards and Training
Council mission is three fold.  First, it is
committed to providing innovative,
credible and responsive high quality
basic, advanced and specialized training
to Connecticut police officers in an
economical manner and in amounts
sufficient to enable them to acquire the
knowledge and skills necessary to serve
the public with commitment, empathy
and competence.
Delaware Police Training Program -
The Director of the Delaware State Police
Training Division shall be responsible for
administering the mandatory training and
education for police officers program with
responsibility and authority to obtain
professional assistance from other police
and professional organizations to
accomplish the purposes and objectives
of the program.
Florida Criminal Justice Standards &
Training Commission - Primary
Responsibilities of the Commission:
--Establish uniform minimum standards
for the employment and training of
full-time, part-time, and auxiliary law
enforcement, and correctional and
correctional probation
Georgia Peace Officer Standards and
Training Council- It is the mission of
the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and
Training Council (P.O.S.T.) to provide the
citizens of Georgia with qualified,
professionally trained, ethical and
competent peace officers and criminal
justice professionals.
Idaho Peace Officer Standards and
Training Academy - The leadership of
Idaho Peace Officers Association, Federal
Bureau of Investigation, Association of
Idaho Cities, and Idaho State University
continue to recognize that working
together to provide proper standards
and training for Idaho Peace Officers is
the first vital step in meeting the
challenges which face law enforcement.
Illinois Law Enforcement Training
and Standards Board - The Illinois Law
Enforcement Training and Standards
Board, referred to as the Board, is the
state agency mandated to promote and
maintain a high level of professional
standards for law enforcement and
correctional officers.
Indiana Law Enforcement Training
Board - The governing body of the
Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and
satellite academies is the Law
Enforcement Training Board. The board
members are selected by the Governor.
Iowa Law Enforcement Academy -  
The ILEA has been assigned the
responsibility of providing training for
Iowa Law Enforcement Officers, to
coordinate training and to set standards
for the law enforcement service. The
Academy also provides training to jailers
in county jails and city holding facilities
and to tele-communicators throughout
the state.
Kansas Law Enforcement Training
Center - Established by the Kansas
Legislature in 1968 as the central law
enforcement training facility for our state,
the Kansas Law Enforcement Training
Center (KLETC) serves as the
headquarters for all law enforcement
training in Kansas.  
Louisiana Commission on Law
Enforcement - Peace Officer
Standards and Training Council
(POST)- The Council is responsible for
developing and evaluating the curriculum
of mandatory basic training courses for
municipal officers, deputy sheriffs, state
police, wildlife agents and all other
persons commissioned as peace officers,
defined by state law. Additionally, POST
prescribes firearms training standards for
individuals who hold law enforcement
positions at the state, parish and
municipal levels of government.
Massachusetts Municipal Police
Training Committee (MPTC)- The
Municipal Police Training Committee
contributes to the safety and security of
the Commonwealth’s citizens by
establishing training standards for and
delivering training to more than 20,000
men and women who serve as police
officers throughout the Commonwealth.
The training ranges from basic training
for new officers to mandatory and
specialized professional development
training for incumbent officers.
Minnesota Board of Peace Officer
Standards and Training (POST) -
Minnesota’s first step toward regulating
the practice of law enforcement came in
1967 when the Minnesota Peace Officer
Training Board (MPOTB) was created by
the legislature.  Although the POST
Board is an independent state agency, it
does receive some administrative and
technical support from the Minnesota
Department of Public Safety.
Mississippi Board on Law
Enforcement Officer Standards and
Training  The Law Enforcement Officers
Training Program established the Board
on Law Enforcement Officer Standards
and Training (BLEOST) to implement the
law and its provisions. The Act directed
the Criminal Justice Planning Commission
to provide the Board with administrative
and fiscal support and designated the
Executive Director of the Commission to
serve as staff director of the Board on
Law Enforcement Officer Standards and
Nearly every state maintains a
government, or quasi government, entity
to establish, maintain, and monitor
statewide training and practices
standards for police officers throughout
that state.  Some are more formal than
others, but all have the same basic
goals.  These commissions, programs,
councils, etc. are good sources of
information for those of you
contemplating a police career.
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District of Columbia POST Board
(Police Officers Standards and
Training Board) | mpdc   - The mission
of the D.C. Police Officers Standards and
Training Board is to set the minimum
standards for training and to enhance
the delivery of law enforcement service in
the District of Columbia by ensuring the
use of best practices in police officer
selection and training standards for the
Metropolitan Police Department and the
D.C. Housing Authority.
Hawaii Police Standards - There is not
a lot of selection for police academy
training in Hawaii. The Honolulu Police
Department, the state’s main branch of
law enforcement, is responsible for hiring
and training new police officers.  In order
to find out about the staffing needs or
new employment opportunities as a
police officer in Hawaii, you can contact
the Honolulu Police Department through
their Career Center.
Maine Criminal Justice Academy - In
order to be admitted to the Basic Law
Enforcement Training Program, an
applicant who is employed as a law
enforcement officer must meet the
standards listed. In the case of a person
not yet employed as a law enforcement
officer, the applicant must meet the
standards set forth as determined by a
Selection Committee established by the
Board of Trustees.
Michigan Commission on Law
Enforcement Standards MCOLES -
Licensing as a law enforcement officer in
Michigan must be approved through the
Michigan Commission on Law
Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). This
happens when the following two
requirements are met by the candidate:
(1) compliance with MCOLES minimum
selection standards which includes
satisfactory completion of a basic police
academy or recognition of prior training
and experience, and (2) employment with
a law enforcement agency as a
law enforcement officer. Previously
licensed police officers in Michigan, or
from another state, who are seeking
re-licensure are directed to the MCOLES
Recognition of Prior Training and
Experience program.
Maryland Police and Correctional
Training Commissions - The mission of
the Police and Correctional Training
Commissions (PCTC) is to ensure the
quality of law enforcement and
correctional services through the
establishment and enforcement of
standards and the facilitation and delivery
of training, education and prevention
Kentucky Department of Criminal
Justice Training - The Department of
Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) is a
nationally recognized agency that
provides state-of-the-art training to law
enforcement officers in Kentucky. It is
one of four departments in the Kentucky
Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.
Police Training
Becoming a Police Officer
An Insider's Guide to a Career
in Law Enforcement
There are Five
Indispensable Truths
for a Successful Police
Today's police officers are
afforded the best ballistic
protection in history... and
it only gets better.
Recommended reading for
those of you thinking
about becoming a Police
Copyright © 2021  Barry M. Baker  
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Progress, satisfaction and
what you learn during your
police career will
determine your level of
As a police officer, you'll
be writing something
everyday of your police
career.  Everything you put
to writing, no matter how
seemingly inconsequential,
will be important.
Accurate crime reporting is
so important on so many
levels.  It all begins with
you and your preliminary
police report.
While television police
shows and movies are not
normally the best examples
for you to apply to your
police career, they do
sometimes offer some
valuable insights.
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