Glendale Community College

Law Enforcement Training Academy



                   Rules and Regulations

1.0    Qualifications

2.0    General Rules

3.0    Attendance

4.0    Discipline

5.0    Personal Behavior

6.0    Classroom Behavior

7.0    Personal Grooming

8.0    Uniform Attire

9.0    Notebook Requirements

10.0  Physical Requirements

11.0  Proficiency Skills

12.0  Equipment Requirements

13.0  Written Exam Procedures

14.0  Grade

15.0  Graduating With Distinction 

16.0  Policies For GCC Sponsored Cadets

17.0  Academy Director Discretion







1.1     Cadets must be appointed by a bona fide state, county or local law enforcement agency, or sponsored by the Glendale Community College.

1.2     In the event that appointment is terminated by either the agency or the cadet, the cadet will be put on suspension by the Academy until the reason for the termination can be investigated.

               .1      If the cadet terminates the appointment and is immediately appointed by another agency, the Class Advisor will investigate the reason for the action and finding no indication of unsuitability will request the cadet be reinstated by the Academy Director.

               .2      If the agency terminates the appointment, the cadet will not be eligible for reinstatement until the next college semester.

               3.      If terminated, all refunds will be according to the Glendale Community College refund policy found in the general catalog.

1.3     Cadets must report any change in appointment status to the Class Advisor as soon as practical.  Failure to do so will result in severe action, possibly including the cadet being dropped from the program.

1.4     Cadets must meet all AzPOST physical and mental standards.  Any condition that prevents a cadet from full continuous participation in any phase of the training will be grounds for dismissal.

1.5         Cadets are responsible for submitting to the Academy AzPOST form AA (Training Application), properly completed and signed by their agency representative.

1.6         Reimbursement.  Cadets will receive reimbursement upon termination only in accordance to the Glendale Community College standard refund policy.  This policy states there is no reimbursement after 14 days of the start of the Academy.  If the Academy dismisses a cadet or if the agency drops the cadet after 14 days, there is no refund.




2.1     Cadets that are dropped from the Academy for any reason must return all materials issued to them.  Failure to do so will result in theft charges being brought against them.

2.2     All exams must be passed with no less than 70% of the questions answered correctly.  If a cadet fails an exam, the failing score will be recorded for grade and statistical purposes.  The cadet will then contact the Class Advisor and advise of the failure.  The Class Advisor will remediate the cadet and administer the make-up exam.  The second test will be kept for AzPOST certification.  If the cadet fails the make-up exam, they shall be dismissed from the Academy per AzPOST rule R13-4-116D5c.  If terminated, refunds will be according to the Glendale Community College standard refund policy.

2.3     If a cadet fails an exam, the re-take shall not be given the same day without permission from the Academy Director.

2.4     If a cadet takes the re-take exam without formal remediation, it will be evidence that he/she requested the exam and refused the opportunity for remediation.

2.5     The failing of two exams will be cause for the Academy Director to evaluate the cadet and determine if continued attendance would be beneficial.  After discussing the situation with the cadet, the cadet may be dismissed at the Director's discretion.  If terminated, refunds will be according to the Glendale Community College standard refund policy.

2.6     Complaints regarding instructors, procedures, other cadets or any other Academy matter must first be brought to the attention of the Class Advisor IN WRITING.  (Verbal complaints will not be considered for follow-up.)  If no satisfaction is obtained, then the cadet may take the matter to the following authorities in the listed order:

         .1  Academy Director

         .2  GCC Grievance Procedure as described in the GCC Student Handbook

2.7     If a majority of the Class feels they have a grievance which should be addressed, this is brought directly to the Academy director by the Class Monitor.  This may include complaints regarding rules, regulations, procedures or staff.  These items will be resolved at the discretion of the Director.


2.8     The Academy Director has final responsibility for managing the Academy and as such, maintains an open door policy regarding any complaints and or suggestions.  The Director is to be contacted first regarding an instructor’s failure to appear for class, serious injuries to a cadet or other person affiliated with the Academy.

2.9     All cadets are required to have available to them the following materials for all class sessions:  (Items 1 through 4 will be issued.)

         .1  Criminal Code book - Title 13.

         .2  Traffic Code book - Title 28.

         .3  Liquor Code book - Title 4.

         .4  Traffic Template (Second semester).

         .5  Black ink pen.

         .6  #2 Pencil.

         .7  White eraser.

         .8  Dictionary.

2.10   Written exams will be taken with a #2 pencil unless a non-electronic answer slip is used; when a black ink pen is required.

2.11   All written assignments will be done in black ink, on 8½" by 11" paper, unless specified differently by the instructor.  No “jagged edge” paper will be accepted. 

2.12   The failure to complete any assignments and have them to the instructor within the required time limits will result in demerits, in addition to the resulting lost credit for the assignment. 

2.13   Instructor evaluations (Fall semester).  Instructor evaluations must be completed and submitted by the due date.  Late evaluations will not be accepted and cadets will have their final grade lowered by ½ of 1% for every evaluation missed. 

2.14   A cadet will not be allowed to participate in any class if they have been consuming alcoholic beverages within 8 hours previous to class.  In addition, attempting to participate in any hazardous activity, such as but not limited to the firing range or driving track training, the cadet will be immediately suspended and may be dismissed from the Academy. 

2.15   Cadets must report any change in address, phone numbers or employment to the Class Advisor as soon as practical.

2.16   At no time will a cadet point a functional firearm at another person during the course of the Academy.  Only non-functional props will be used in role-playing situations calling for an armed presence.

2.17   Cadets will not wear weapons while on the GCC campus except when required to appear for uniform inspection or if directed by the Class Advisor or firearms instructor.

2.18   Cadets will not be deprived of reasonable access to water during any portion of the Academy.

2.19   All Academy cadets should be aware that their individual appointing agencies might have rules or requirements that supersede the Glendale Community College Academy's requirements.  These policies will be honored and monitored by Glendale Community College when such written policy is delivered to the College and the cadet.

2.20   First semester agency affiliated cadets that fail to meet all AzPOST requirements and want to start the Academy again must reimburse the AzPOST fund to pay for supplies used.

2.21   No consumption of alcoholic beverages is allowed on the school grounds.

2.22   Cadets that do not meet all requirements for graduation may re-enter the Academy for a second attempt with permission of the Academy Director and may be required to complete physical or academic tests to prove their abilities.  Cadets that fail to meet graduation requirements on a second attempt will not be allowed to apply for re-entry for a period of two years and only then upon approval by the Director.

2.23   In addition to Glendale Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy Rules, Cadets are required to adhere to the GCC rules and regulations as listed in the Student Handbook.

2.24   Individual assignments:  The Academy urges and requires teamwork.  However, individual assignments, such as self study workbooks and report writing, are to be done entirely by the individual.  Reading or otherwise viewing the work of another cadet is not allowed.  Requesting to see another cadet’s finished or partially finished work prior to the assignment being turned in would be considered a serious infraction and border on an honors violation.





3.1     Cadets are required to attend all regularly scheduled classes and special sessions.  It is the cadet’s responsibility to sign the roster sheet for each class.  When all present have signed the roster, it will be given to the instructor for verification.  The roster is then given back to the class monitor to be forwarded to the Class Advisor.

3.2     If a cadet is tardy or cannot participate in all aspects of a class, they will complete an attendance memo.  The memo will be given to the instructor to be initialed and then to the class monitor to be forwarded to the Class Advisor.  The memos must be turned in on the day of the class unless the instructor has assigned make up work for the cadet.

3.3     Failure to participate in physical conditioning is considered serious and may be reported to the appointing agency.  If a short-term condition will not allow the cadet to participate, a doctor's note will be required.  If the cadet is able to attend class, but cannot participate, they must attend or it will be considered an unauthorized absence.

3.4     If a cadet is injured during Academy activities, they are to immediately report the injury to the Class Advisor who will ensure a GCC Injury Report is completed.  The cadet will also report the injury to their agency for industrial injury form completion.

3.5     Previously earned credits, training or certificates will not exempt a cadet from full participation in any phase of the training.

3.6     Any cadet missing 15 hours of classes in any semester may be dismissed from the Academy, per GCC rules of attendance.  By AzPOST rules, a cadet may not miss more than 16 hours of classes during the first semester.  In addition, any cadet missing more than 32 hours of classes during the Academy will be dropped per AzPOST rules of attendance.

3.7     Military reserves.  Cadets who are involved with reserve units which require monthly training that would not allow them to attend the Academy one Sunday a month must evaluate their position since classes can not be missed and still meet the requirements of the Glendale Community College and AzPOST.  Most of these units will allow the cadet to attend Academy classes upon receipt of a letter from the Academy Director stating the reasons for the cadet having to attend.  If you require a letter, submit a memo to the Academy Director as soon as possible with the name, rank and complete address of the person to whom the letter is to be sent.

3.8     All missed class material must be made up.  The instructor will determine the method of the make up.  This may include attending a special session with the instructor or by completing assigned reading or a special project, such as a paper.

3.9     An attendance memo must be completed for any missed classes.  This memo must be submitted to the instructor to verify that the required make up has been completed.

3.10   Cadets missing a class are still required to complete the test material for that class, regardless of the make up procedure required by the instructor.

3.11   Cadets must attend all sessions required for the specific certification they wish to attain.  For Limited Authority Officer certification, cadets must not miss more than 16 hours of classes and must take all AzPOST required classes, including the classes offered on Saturday (Hazardous Materials, First Aid and Baton).

3.12   Cadets dropped from the GCC roles for non-payment or debt must show proof of their reinstatement to the Academy Director within five business days of being notified of being dropped.  Failure to comply will be cause for dismissal as GCC rules will not allow anyone to attend class that is not on the official class roles.




4.1     Disciplinary action will be administered through the Chart of Sanctions and the Chart of Demerits listed below.  The charts are guidelines and may be deviated from by the Academy Director if circumstances warrant.  The accrual of more than 15 demerits will result in a letter of concern being sent to the cadet's agency.

4.2     Chart of Sanctions



Disciplinary Action






250 word essay



500 word essay



750 word essay and counseling with class advisor.



1000 word essay or possible dismissal. (At the discretion of the Academy Director)








The demerits will accrue based on a progressive system.

Example:  A cadet accrues 6 demerits and completes a 250 word essay.  Later, the cadet receives 3 demerits for a violation.  The cadet must now complete a 500 word essay based on the Chart of Sanctions. 


4.3     Chart of Demerits


Demerits                             Action



Minor infractions or inappropriate activity.



Failure to wear appropriate uniform.



Failure to have 2 demerit slips with them at the beginning of an Academy day.



Failure to be prepared for class.  (Including P.C.)



Tardy to class 10 minutes or longer.



Inappropriate cadet demeanor (Fail to accord respect, talking in class, etc.)



Failure to produce assignments on time.



Failure to keep notebook up to date.



Unexcused absence from class.



Disrupting class (i.e. distracting noises, joking, etc.).



Unauthorized wearing of agency uniform or any part.



Conduct unbecoming a cadet.



Bringing firearm to class without authorization.



Alcoholic beverage consumed within 8 hours of class.



Pointing a functional firearm at another person.






Honors Violation.



(Any “honors” violation will be grounds for dismissal from the Academy.  Lying to any Academy staff member, cheating or other unethical behavior is included as an honors violation.)


4.4     All violations of a serious nature not listed, will require a conference with the Academy Director and the Class Advisor, and may involve the cadet's agency representative.

4.5     Other violations not listed will be dealt with on an individual basis by the Director or the Advisor.  Many minor violations will be handled without the assignment of demerits and will require hand written essays.




5.1     Honesty is critical in the Academy.  Cadets will be conscious of any activity that may be deemed as an honors violation.  For example: Lying, talking during an exam, discussing anything about an exam once the cadet has taken it and it has not been verified that all cadets have taken it, not reporting a cadet that is asking questions about an exam, not reporting another cadet’s actions that could be deemed an honors violation.  Scenario evaluations are exams and are covered by this rule.

5.2     Cadets that are questioned regarding an investigation of any type, including possible misconduct by an Academy cadet or staff member, are strictly forbidden to discuss the matter with any other person.  Doing so would be considered an ‘Honors’ violation.  Also, they are to immediately report any person requesting information from them regarding their interview or possible future interviews.

5.3     Cadet’s coming into contact with a law enforcement officer in an official capacity shall submit a memo to the Class Advisor as soon as practical.  This includes such things as being stopped for a traffic violation or reporting an incident.  (Electronic mail makes “practical” to mean usually within a few hours.)

5.4     Cadets are to address all instructors by “sir”, “ma’am”, or their title and last name at all times.

5.5     Sexual harassment in any form is strictly prohibited in the Academy.  This is conduct unbecoming a cadet and may be deemed an honors violation in some circumstances.

5.6     A cadet’s usage of obscene language or other profanities is prohibited in the Academy.

5.7     Cadets are to actively work towards establishing good rapport with other cadets and promoting teamwork within the class. 

5.8     Cadets that arrange a ‘ride-along’ with an agency will conduct themselves in a proper business manner at all times, will follow the directions of their assigned officer and submit a memo to their Advisor indicating the date, time, agency and outstanding details regarding the ‘ride-along.’  Complaints regarding cadets riding with other agencies are considered extremely serious and may be noted in a cadet’s final fitness report.

5.9     Cadets reporting to an agency (other than their own) for a ‘ride-along’ shall wear appropriate attire.

.1   Males will wear slacks, button down shirt, highly polished or polished appearing shoes and a tie is recommended.

.2   Females will wear slacks, business-type/conservative blouse, and highly polished or polished appearing shoes.

.3   All clothing will be neat appearing and properly fitted.

5.10   Cadets are at all times to reduce their exposure to the general public while in uniform.  This is especially true of second semester cadets that are in full uniform.  When leaving campus or other training areas, the uniform is to be concealed or identifying articles removed.  Cadets are encouraged to remove gunbelts and at a minimum wear other clothing over uniform shirts with patches.  At no time should the public perceive a cadet as a police officer and cadets are to do everything possible to avoid such a perception.




6.1     Cadets are responsible for the appearance of the classroom.  Upon arriving at the classroom, they are to dispose of trash and other inappropriate articles, such as drink cups or food wrappers.  Prior to leaving the classroom, cadets are to make sure all debris is properly disposed of and all chairs are pushed to the tables.  You are to pay proper respect for those coming after you to use the facility by leaving it in an orderly condition.

6.2     No food or drink (excluding water) is allowed in any classroom.  If water is brought into the classroom, it must be in sealable container.  The seal must be of the type that will not release if dropped.

6.3     No tobacco use is permitted in any classrooms.  This includes "smokeless tobacco".

6.4     When the instructor is ready to begin class (at the start of class or after breaks), all cadets are to proceed to their seats and stand at attention until being told to be seated.  When the instructor advises the class to take a break, the drill leader will call the class to attention and wait to be dismissed by the instructor.

6.5     At the end of class, cadets are to stand at attention and be dismissed by the instructor.

6.6     Talking with other cadets without the instructor’s permission will not be tolerated.

6.7     Sleeping in class is strictly prohibited.

6.8     By rotation, squads will be responsible for the following duties at the end of classroom sessions:

         .1   Empty all trash receptacles in the classroom into the large receptacles outside.

         .2   Insure all trash is removed from tables and floor.

         .3   Insure all chairs are pushed up to the table and the room is in proper order.

6.9     When cadets are on sidewalks or in the classroom and an instructor or other officer approaches, they are to immediately give adequate room for them to pass unobstructed.


7.0     PERSONAL GROOMING                  


7.1     Cadets will maintain grooming standards consistent with their departmental regulations.

7.2     Male cadets:

         .1   Must maintain a conservative hairstyle and overall appearance.

         .2   Are to be clean-shaven, but may have a neatly trimmed mustache.

7.3     Female cadets:

         .1   Must maintain a conservative hairstyle and overall appearance.  Hair must be worn in a manner that it does not touch the shoulders.

         .2   Fingernails are not to exceed ¼” in length.




8.1     Week night class sessions.  Unless otherwise noted, cadets will wear a button down white dress shirt or blouse, black clip-on tie and black slacks.  Footwear must be authorized uniform footwear or black dress shoes or boots and must be highly polished or of a high gloss synthetic material.

8.2     Sunday Classroom Uniform

First Semester Cadets:  The first month of the Academy cadets will wear the same uniform they wear for week night classes.  Starting the first Sunday of the second month of the Academy, cadets will be required to wear an authorized uniform shirt, nametag, pants, pants belt and footwear, unless defensive tactics, range or other physical activity is scheduled. 

Second Semester Cadets:  Unless defensive tactics, range or other physical activity is scheduled, cadets will wear their department's uniform.  All uniforms will bear an authorized nametag, over the right pocket.

8.3     Physical Training Uniform

The physical training uniform (PT uniform) consists of the white T-shirt with last name and cadet number on front and rear; academy hat, navy blue shorts or sweat pants, white socks and running shoes. 

(T-shirt – White in color with plain crew collar.  The name will be 2” below the collar (measured from the bottom of the collar’s seam), and the cadet’s number 1” below the name.  The printing on the shirt (name and number) will be 1½” in height.)  (Details of T-shirt added 3-7-07)

Shorts and sweat pants - Navy blue in color and shall not have any logos or writing on them.  The physical fitness uniform will be worn for all physical conditioning training and defensive tactics sessions.

Unpolishable athletic shoes are required for self-defense classes.

8.4     Range Uniform

The range uniform consists of the academy hat, physical training T-shirt, tan BDU pants and shoes (athletic shoes are allowed).  The cap is required safety equipment.  In lieu of the physical training T-shirt, the class may opt to wear the class T-shirt if it bears the cadet’s name on the back.  Uniformity is required; all must wear one or the other.

8.5     Cadets may wear the range uniform on days where the classes consist of physical activities such as firearms training at the range, pursuit driving, or any other time authorized by the Academy staff.

8.6     Inspections

The Class Advisor will conduct unannounced inspections of the cadets.  Each violation of the uniform code will result in the cadet being penalized.

8.7     Cadets are not allowed to wear Academy attire (shirts and hats with logo) into any establishment that may bring discredit to the Academy.  This includes, but not limited to, establishments that serve alcoholic beverages as their main business.

8.8     Cadets will have available to them a set of authorized handcuffs for any defensive tactics, arrest techniques or baton classes.  Once handcuffing techniques have been presented to the class, cadets will also have handcuffs available for all physical conditioning sessions.

8.9     Desk nametags are required for all classroom sessions.




9.1     Components:

.1   Two three ring binders with transparent face to insert cover pages.  This is a minimum as the amount of material collected will exceed one notebook.  (Issued)

.2   Cover sheet with cadet's name, agency, class number and dates of attendance.  This needs to be in the front of both books.  (Issued)

.3   Index. 

.4   Index tabs.  Index tabs for each AzPOST section is the minimum.  Tabs for each subsection will award more points.  Having the section and subsection tabs easily identified as such (different color or type) is also desirable.

9.2     Detail

.1   All notes must be on standard notebook paper.  If all notes are typed, they are to be on 8½” by 11” typing paper.

.2   All handouts are to be included.

.3   Notes are to be neatly written or typed. (Clarification notes on handouts need not be redone and will be scored for completeness, not necessarily neatness.)

.4   Notes and handouts are to be in the order of the supplied index.  You will start with one notebook and as you collect material, it will eventually grow into both.  Do not group your notes in the notebooks by semesters, but according to the index given.

9.3     Grading of Notebooks:

.1   Books match and are in good repair                                                           5% - 10%

.2   Cover sheets present and in good repair                                                     5% - 10%

.3   Index complete and in the proper position                                       5% - 10%

.4   Tabs complete and neat                                                                           5% - 10%

.5   Tracking material complete and up to date                                                 5% - 10%

.6   Neatness of notes                                                                                  10% - 25%

.1         Typed                                                   10% - 25%

.2         Neatly hand written                                  5% - 20%

.3         Hand written                                            5% - 20%

.7   Complete collection of notes and handouts:                                                5% - 25%




10.1   Per AzPOST rules, cadets must pass the Peace Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT) with a score of at least 384 points to be certified.  Cadets are given three opportunities, but not guaranteed three tries.  That means that they must qualify on one of the three scheduled opportunities.  If they cannot participate for any reason, they are not allowed additional opportunities.  Only standard athletic shoes and attire may be worn.  No shoes with cleats, spikes or other enhancements that are considered out of the norm by the Director.

10.2   If a cadet is unable to qualify on the POPAT during the first session of the semester, they will have one more regularly scheduled attempt to qualify.  A failure to qualify on the second test will require them to attend the remedial session for one additional attempt to qualify.  A failure on that last attempt will preclude the cadet from graduating and they will be dropped from the Academy.

10.3   If weather conditions are such as the physical conditioning instructor feels the cadet was not able to perform at their best, an additional session may be scheduled at the discretion of the Academy Director.  This would only be allowed in very unusual circumstances.

10.4   If a cadet is unable to qualify by the end of the first semester, they may not re-start the Academy until approval is given by the Academy Director.  The Director may require the successful completion of a physical test as part of the decision making process.

10.5   Cadets unable to pass the Cooper 1.5 mile run with a score of at least 40 points will be assigned to the ‘Slow Group’ and be required to participate in additional activities.  These activities include physical training after class on nights when the classroom session is less than 4 hours in length.  In addition, management of needed equipment, such as POPAT equipment (first semester) and defensive tactics equipment.

10.6   Others assigned to the ‘Slow Group’ are those unable to fully participate in Sunday morning physical activities.  If a cadet is ill and unable to participate in a session, they are assigned to the ‘Slow Group’ until that session is made-up by participating in an after class physical training session.  (Missed Sunday morning sessions are not made-up by assisting to manage equipment.)

10.7   Cadets unable to run at least 2 miles by the end of the second month of the Academy will receive demerits for each Sunday morning session that they are unable to complete at least that distance unless they have a doctor's excuse.  Stopping or walking is considered a failure to complete the minimum requirements.

10.8   Members of the ‘Slow Group’ that are unable to participate on Sunday morning are required to have a doctor’s excuse or receive demerits.




11.1   Firearms qualification.  Cadets failing to meet AzPOST required standards on the range will be given four official attempts to do so each semester.  These four attempts must be “declared” official tries prior to the cadet firing.  Practice sessions may be conducted but do not count for qualification.  This includes AzPOST daylight qualification and the AzPOST low light qualification.

11.2   Field Problems.  At the end of the second semester, cadets will be required to participate in seven field problems, testing their abilities to apply the skills and knowledge learned in the Academy.  Failing four or more of the field problems on the first try will result in the cadet not graduating.  Cadets failing a field problem will be remediated.  After remediation, they will be given another field problem.  If they fail the second field problem, they will not graduate.

11.3   All proficiency skills required by AzPOST must be completed to graduate from the Academy or continue to the second semester.





12.1      Ammunition:  AzPOST Rule 8.2.8 states "Using service ammunition, demonstrate the ability to qualify with a service handgun on the POST daytime and nighttime firearms qualification courses."  AzPOST advises they will accept ammunition that the agency certifies as being equivalent to duty ammunition.  If the ammunition is in question, the Academy may require a statement of equivalency from the agency.  Each cadet is required to provide 800 rounds of practice ammunition and 100 rounds of duty equivalent ammunition for the first semester and 400 rounds of practice ammunition for the second semester. It is dependent upon the cadet to have the proper ammunition available for range sessions.  The number of rounds needed for each range session cannot be determined in advance as it is relative to the abilities of the class.

12.2      Techniques for Directing Traffic: Rule 4.5.5 requires the cadet to direct traffic.  A uniform is not required for this activity, but "uniform appearing" attire is required.  The cadets will be wearing a traffic vest so no badge or other insignia is required. There will be a uniformed officer at the side of the road during this phase of training.

12.3      Vehicle Operations: AzPOST requires each cadet to qualify at the driving track. 

.1   Rule 8.6.4 - Demonstrate the ability to control, recover or regain control of a vehicle during the following:

            .1  30 and 40 mph lane changes

            .2  90 and 180 degree turns

            .3  Backing

            .4  Excessive acceleration

            .5  Excessive braking

            .6  Excessive skid/slide

.2   Rule 8.6.5 - Demonstrate the proper acceleration, braking, corner entry, and vehicle position to successfully negotiate a simulated pursuit driving course.

12.4      The agency will need to supply a vehicle for each group of one through three cadets.


13.0   WRITTEN EXAM PROCEDURES (Default procedure – may be deviated from by the instructor.)


13.1   Put all books and notes away, off the desk.  Retain only your #2 pencil and eraser.

13.2   Complete the front of the electronic test form with the following information:

.1   Last Name and GCC ID number on the “Name” line.

.2   Subject topic on the “Subject” line.

.3   Date of the test (month/day/year) on the “Date” line.

13.3   Complete the test by filling in the proper areas with the pencil.

13.4   Any erasures are to be indicated with a small mark TO THE RIGHT of the last column.  Make no marks left of the question number.

13.5   When you have completed the test, take the answer sheet ONLY to the instructor, and show where erasures were made.  The instructor will write your final answer to the right of the last column in ink.

13.6   Turn the test face down on your desk and you may leave the room.  Do not discuss the test outside the door with other cadets.  No noise is to be heard inside the classroom from outside.  This includes all activity.  Do not joke, laugh, etc. when it may be heard inside.

13.7   After all have taken the test and the instructor has graded them, return to your seat.

13.8   After the instructor has returned your answer sheet, review those questions missed and formulate questions if you do not understand why you missed any of them.

13.9   The instructor will then ask if there are questions regarding groups of questions, such as: “Any questions regarding questions 1 through 5?”  If you have a question, raise your hand and be called upon by the instructor.

13.10 The instructor’s responsibility is that you know what the correct answer is, not that you agree with the correct answer.

13.11 After you have reviewed the test, on the back of the test sheet, sign your name and write your GCC ID number on the “Name” line.  This indicates you have reviewed the test.

13.12 When it is time to hand in the test, IN ID NUMBER SEQUENCE, place your test in one stack on the instructor’s desk and your answer sheet, face down.




14.1   For the purposes of the grade awarded by GCC at the conclusion of the semester, all scores will be collected and applied to the following formula, according to semester:  (This grade may be added to or subtracted from according to rewards or penalties.)

         First Semester

Grade Category


Academics  (Written exams)


Final Comprehensive Exam


Physical Training

The last* Cooper Standard physical testing score.



The AzPOST waiver scores attained from the first standard day shoot, the first standard night qualification




*  If a cadet has a doctor's excuse for the last Cooper test, the one previous test will be used for the grade.


         Second Semester

Grade Category


Academics  (Written exams)


AzPOST Comprehensive Exam


Physical Training

The total of the two standard Cooper waiver scores.  If any are missed, the remedial session will need to be used for a make-up or the Cooper score from the other session for the semester will be lowered by 10% and that score used for grade..



The AzPOST waiver scores attained from one standard day shoot, one standard night qualification.


Field Problems

Cadets will be put through a series of scenarios that are graded.




Uniform inspections.



14.2   Grades are awarded according to the final percentage:

.1     A = 90% through 100%  B = 85% through  89%  C = 75% through  84%  F = Below 75%

.2     All scores are rounded to the nearest percentage score.

14.3   A grade of “D” will be awarded if a cadet’s performance is at least 75% per the above formula but has not met other minimum requirements each semester.  This includes:

.1     Fails to qualify on the firing range on either the daylight and low light AzPOST courses.

.2     Fails to qualify on the Peace Officer Physical Aptitude Test.

.3     Initially fails four or more of the seven field problems presented in the second semester.

.4     Fails any field problem two times.  (Initial problem and the remedial.)

.5     Fails to pass any required AzPOST proficiency skills test, including Defensive Tactics, Baton, Driving, First Aid, Traffic Direction, etc.


14.4   Exceptional Performance:  There are four specialty awards given upon graduating from the second semester.  They are awarded to cadets who score the highest over both semesters in Academics, Physical Training, Marksmanship and Field Problems.

                        Academics. Scores from all written examinations, excluding remedial exams.

                        Physical Training. The scores from the second POPAT exam during the first semester and both POPAT exams administered during the second semester, excluding remedial sessions.  If a medical excuse is used for the second POPAT test during the first semester, it must be made up to compete for this award.

                        Marksmanship. The non-remedial AzPOST waiver scores (day and night) fired each semester.

                        Field Problems. The cumulative score from a series of scenarios administered at the end of the second semester.




Each of the final percentage grades for the first and second semesters must be over 89.49%.  This includes added bonus points for being the monitor or alternate monitor or other position.  Those cadets graduating with distinction will be recognized at the graduation and will receive a special certificate.




16.01 Ammunition:  Qualifying ammunition during the first semester must be factory hollow-points of a major U.S. brand.

16.02 Driver Training

During the first semester, there are two days at the driving track.  Open enrollment cadets will need to supply a vehicle for every three cadets.  Normally this is done through a rental agency by renting a full size, rear wheel drive vehicle with three drivers listed and full insurance.  The cost of these rentals is to be shared by the cadets.  Any cadet not participating in the process to make vehicles available for training will not be allowed to participate and therefore not be eligible for AzPOST certification.

16.03 Graduation

GCC Cadets will wear their long sleeve shirts with a black tie and gold tie bar.

16.04 GCC Cadets will receive a GCC Cadet badge at the first semester graduation, however they must return the badge after the second semester graduation.  Failure to return the badge will result in their official status being withdrawn.

16.05 Uniforms

GCC Cadets will wear a standard black police uniform shirt and pants (no cargo pockets.)  The cadets as a class are to decide which make and style of uniform that will be purchased, but all will be the same.  Cadets will need both a short sleeve and long sleeve shirt.  Patches will be awarded upon qualifying on the Peace Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT.)

Gun belt and equipment will be black and can be either leather (or leather looking) or nylon.  All cadets do not have to have the same style or type.




         The Academy Director has the ability to waive Academy Rules if requested by a cadet’s agency, or if there are extraordinary circumstances that the Director determines are sufficient cause for the waiver.


A waiver would be very unusual and not applied merely to the inability to meet stated standards.