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Frequently Asked Questions

GCC Academy FAQ

When do classes start?

Are financial aid or VA Services available?

What does the academy training include?

If I have training and classes that cover the information in the academy, do I still have to attend those academy classes?

How many hours of training can I miss?

Will I have to run, do push-ups and participate in other physical activity?

How long is the Academy?

Must I supply my own equipment?  Does the Academy have equipment to loan?

What days of the week does the Academy meet?

How do I register for classes?

What do cadets need to register?

How much does it cost?

I want to attend and am not with an agency.  What do I need to know?

 

 

Are financial aid or VA Services available?

Yes. Both offices are located on the GCC campus; however, these offices should be contacted at least 16 weeks prior to the Academy starting. Please contact the Financial Aid Office or VA Services Office for further information. Back to Top

What does the academy training include?

The GCC Law Enforcement Training Academy is a fully certified police academy and the training covers all requirements of Az POST. Law and legal matters, ethics and professionalism, crime scene management, patrol procedures, defensive and pursuit driving, defensive tactics, high risk vehicle stops, traffic control, baton certification, community and police relations, report writing, first aid, physical fitness and firearms are all included. Back to Top

If I have training and classes that cover the information in the academy, do I still have to attend those academy classes?

Yes. Az POST requires the academy to certify that all cadets have performed to their standards in all areas. Previous training or certificates can not satisfy that requirement. An exception is if the First Responder First Aid class (EMT102) is taken at GCC within 2 semesters of starting the academy. Back to Top

How many hours of training can I miss?

Per Az POST rules, a cadet can not miss more than 16 hours of training the first semester, nor a total of 32 hours over both semesters. In any case, all performance objectives required by Az POST must be satisfied. This is usually done by completing extra work (a research paper) covering the missed material. Back to Top

Will I have to run, do push-ups and participate in other physical activity?

Yes. The cadets regularly have physical fitness classes and are expected to be able to run at least 2 miles by the end of the first month of the Academy. Az POST requires each cadet to qualify on the Police Officers Physical Aptitude Test prior to certification. This includes 5 timed events: 6' block wall climb, 6' fence climb, 99 yard obstacle course, body drag and 500 yard sprint. Back to Top

How long is the Academy?

The Academy consists of approximately 700 hours of training (the AzPOST minimum is 585 hours). It is conducted over 2 semesters. Those enrolling in the February class would graduate with full certification near the end of December. Those enrolling in July would graduate the following May.  Graduations are usually the third Thursday of May and the third Friday in December.  Graduations are usually held at the GCC Student Union at 6:00 p.m. Back to Top

Must I supply my own equipment?  Does the Academy have equipment to loan?

You or your agency must supply personal use equipment such as firearm, handcuffs, equipment belt, uniforms, pistol ammunition and a vehicle to be used at the driving track. Back to Top

When do classes start?  Where should I be and what do I need to bring?

Classes start the last Sunday in February and the last Sunday in July at the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center. For complete cadet details, see the correct semester bulletin:  Back to Top

Fall  Spring  Agency Affiliated Cadets

Fall  Spring  Open Enrollment Cadets

What days of the week does the Academy meet?

Spring Semester Classes - The classes starting in February meet two nights a week (Mon. and Tue., 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm), all day Sunday (6:00 am to 6:00 pm) and several Saturdays (6:00 am to 6:00 pm).  They maintain these days for both semesters.  The Saturday classes are first semester only.  They graduate with full certification in December.

Fall Semester Classes - The classes starting in July meet two nights a week (Mon. and Tue., 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm), all day Sunday (6:00 am to 6:00 pm) and seven Saturdays (6:00 am to 6:00 pm).  They maintain these days for both semesters.  The Saturday classes are first semester only.  They graduate with full certification in May.  Back to Top

How do I register for classes?

If you are with an agency, attend the registration the last Sunday in February or last Sunday in July and you will be registered at that time.  You will need the original AzPOST ‘AA’ form properly completed and signed by the agency representative and yourself.

If you are not being sent after being appointed to a law enforcement position with an Arizona law enforcement agency, you will need to complete the Open Enrollment Process prior to attending.  This process must be completed prior to the Academy and takes approximately one month.  Back to Top

What do cadets need to register?

They need the original AzPOST Basic Training Application (AzPOST Form AA), properly completed and signed by the agency representative and the cadet.  Persons not being sent by an agency must complete the Open Enrollment Process.

Note to agencies:  The AzPOST Form A-1 is to be sent to AzPOST, not the Academy.  Back to Top

How much does it cost?

The Academy is a total of 30 credit hours (17 credits - 1st semester; 13 credits - 2nd semester).  Presently, the cost of tuition is $81 per credit hour, or $2,430.  There is also a $150 lab fee the first semester and $100 the second.  Some agencies reimburse the cadets for successful completion of the program.  If financial aid or VA Services are needed, please have cadets contact the Financial Aid or VA Services office at the college at least 16 weeks prior to starting the program.

Open Enrollment cadets and cadets with agencies not able to access Peace Officer Training Funds (POTF) through AzPOST, such as the Department of Corrections and the Central Arizona Project, must also pay for additional items.  Open Enrollment Costs  Non-POTF Agencies  

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I want to attend and am not with an agency.  What do I need to know?

You will need to read the Open Enrollment page and the Frequently Asked Questions page for open enrollment.  Back to Top

 

Email the Program Director at penny.babb@gccaz.edu
Office: (623) 845-3951 or (623) 845-3831
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Last updated: October 22, 2013
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