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 Law Enforcement Training Academy

  • Requirements & Certificate
  • Application Process
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Prior to being accepted into the academy, Students must meet AzPOST:

  • The Minimum Qualifications, Please check the Arizona Administrative Code R13-4-105. Page 3-4-5. March 31, 2016.
  • The Background Investigation Requirements, Please check the Arizona Administrative Code R13-4-106. Page 5-6-7. March 31, 2016.
    You are required to complete a comprehensive background investigation which includes a review of your application packet, a background interview, polygraph exam, and medical examination by an Arizona POST approved physician.
    Costs for the background investigation are paid by the applicant and include the following:
    Background Investigation - $255.00 (Due upon turning in your application)
    *Please note that it takes 6-8 weeks to complete the background check.
  • The Application Process

The LETA academy is physically, mentally, and academically demanding.  Applicants anticipating acceptance into the program should be in above average physical condition and it is recommended the applicant be able to run 1.5 miles in 15:00 minutes or less, be able to complete a minimum of 25 full-body pushups and a minimum of 30 sit-ups.  This is not a requirement, however, it is a recommendation which will help you succeed in this program.

The LETA academy is a highly structured, highly accountable extended format law enforcement training academy. This 800+ hour program meets Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 6 PM to 10 PM, and all day Saturday from 7 AM to 4 PM, for 11 months. Classes are held at the Williams Campus.

Physical fitness is an important and regular part of the program. Az POST requires each cadet to qualify for the Peace Officer’s Physical Aptitude Test prior to certification. This includes 5 timed events: 6’ solid wall climb, 6’ chain link fence climb, 99-yard obstacle course, body drag and 500-yard run. 

Upon successful completion of the LETA program academy and the Az POST comprehensive exam, you will become “eligible” to be a certified peace officer in the State of Arizona.  Your eligibility to become a certified peace officer will expire in 3 years from the date of graduation if you are not hired as a full-time officer, or appointed as a reserve officer with a law enforcement agency. In addition, students earn 30 college credits from CGCC.

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Law Enforcement Training Academy is designed for students wishing to pursue a law enforcement career as a law enforcement officer. The student will develop skills in eight functional areas: 

  • Introduction to Law Enforcement,
  • Law and Legal Matters, 
  • Patrol Procedures,
  • Traffic Control,
  • Crime Scene Management, 
  • Community and Police Relations,  
  • Report Writing,  
  • Police Proficiency Skills.
*For more information about the Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Law Enforcement Training Academy, Please check the Program Details. 
  • Print or type all answers
  • Read every question carefully
  • Do NOT leave blank spaces 
  • If a question does not apply to you or you have blank spaces, filled with “DNA” 
  • Sign and date on page 8.
Step 2.    Complete the Arizona POST 

Authorization for Release of Information for Open Enrollment

  • Must be Notarized
Step 3.    Complete the Chandler/Gilbert Community College Hold Harmless Agreement Authorization for Release of Personal Information
  • Must be Notarized
Step 4.    Obtain copies of the following documents and submit your application:
  • Drivers license (front & back)
  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security card
  • Two (2) certified fingerprint cards (with certified check or money order payable to Arizona Department of Public Safety in the amount of $5.00) 

    Fingerprint Locations

  • High school diploma or GED 
  • College degree and/or certifications 
  • DD-214 military discharge record (if prior military)
  • Selective Service Registration
  • Marriage license/divorce decree
  • Motor Vehicle Department driving history (5 years certified copy)
  • Vehicle registration 
  • Vehicle insurance
  • House utility bill such as phone, electric, water (within 60 days)
  • Credit report/bankruptcy/garnishment paperwork required (credit report may be obtained online through Experian, TransUnion, Equifax, etc)
  • Pay stub (current) 
  • Police reports involving you the applicant as victim/suspect/witness (not required for application submission, but must bring to background interview)
Step 5. Deliver or mail the application, with payment and all documents to:
  • Chandler/Gilbert Community College Cashier’s Office
  • Law Enforcement Training Academy 7360 E. Tahoe, Mesa, AZ 85212-0908
  • Failure to pay your background fee will result in your background investigation being suspended until the fee is paid and no further consideration will be given for admission into the academy.
Step 6.    Once your application is received, it will be reviewed for any Arizona POST disqualifiers.  If you are disqualified, you will be notified by mail and no further processing will be necessary. Your background payment will be refunded.  If you meet the screening criteria, you will be contacted by a Background Investigator within 2 weeks of your application submission and a background interview will be scheduled.

Step 7.    Upon meeting with the Background Investigator for the background interview, if it is determined there are disqualifiers, you will be notified of your disqualification and you will not receive a refund of the background fee.

Step 8.    Upon successful completion of the background interview, the Background Investigator will provide you with the contact information to schedule your polygraph. 
  • You must pay the fee ($200) for the polygraph directly to the examiner.
  • The polygraph examination fee is non-refundable.
Step 9.    Upon successful completion of the polygraph, you will be notified by your Background Investigator to schedule your medical examination.
  • You must pay the fee ($243) for the medical examination directly to the medical provider at the time of your scheduled examination.
  • The medical examination fee is non-refundable.
Step 10.    Your background file will then be forwarded to the Academy Director for review. If accepted, you will be notified by mail and your letter will provide a date, time and location for your Orientation.  During Orientation, you will be provided specific information regarding the academy start date, time and location for the first day.  In addition, you will be provided information regarding the dress code and what items you must have on your first day.

Step 11.    If not accepted into the academy, you will be notified by mail.
If you have any questions, you may contact Director Jon Terpay at 480-988-8756, or via email at:

Thank you for your interest in the CGCC LETA Academy.

Information Request & Application Packet

Please read first the Arizona Administrative Code R13-4-105 & R13-4-106. Page 3-4-5-6-7. March 31, 2016. "the minimum qualifications and the background investigation requirements" then complete the brief survey below, indicating your interest in enrolling in the Law Enforcement Training Academy.  Once you have successfully completed the survey, you will be provided with the opportunity to download the required documentation and application.

Terms & Conditions

Q - What is the Age Requirement?
Q - How does the background process work?
Q - What if I have some concerns about my history and whether or not I can pass the background check?
Q - What does the academy training include?
Q - What is the location of the training?
Q - How long is the Academy and when do classes start?
Q - Must I supply my own equipment? Does the Academy have equipment to loan?
Q - What days of the week does the Academy meet?
Q - I want to attend and am not associated with a law enforcement agency. What do I need to know?
Q - Is this program similar to the police academy training required for full-time police officers in Arizona?
Q - What kind of physical activity is required of me?
Q - Will I be a certified Police Officer upon graduation and how long will I be certified?
Q - If I have training and classes from another state or previous experience that covers the information taught in the academy, do I still have to attend those academy classes?
Q - How many hours of training can I miss?
Q - Is there job placement available?
Q - How much does it cost?
Q - How do I register for classes?
Q - Can I use the GI bill?
Q - Will I be entitled to Financial Aid?
Q - What is the difference between Maricopa County Resident, Out-of-County Resident, and Out-of-State Resident?

Jon  Terpay
Jon Terpay has been the Director of the academy since 2008 and retired as a Commander after 37 years of experience in law enforcement. Some of his past assignments include being assigned to the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy (ALEA) and the Mesa Police Department Training Academy. “The academy is highly structured, and accountable. It is also emotionally, physically and academically challenging. We are committed to providing the recruits with the leadership of staff members and instructors who are current and active in law enforcement to ensure student success.”

Mike Bellows

Commander Mike Bellows is a Class Supervisor for the LETA Academy and has supervised multiple classes over the past 7 years. He is currently a Commander over the Training Bureau of the Mesa Police Department with over 29 years of experience. He is an Arizona POST General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Physical Fitness Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor. Prior assignments include Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Professional Standards, Mesa Police Training Sergeant, SWAT, and the Traffic Unit.

Eric Berner

Officer Eric Berner is a Recruit Training Officer for the LETA Academy and has served several classes. He is currently an officer with the Chandler Police Department and service in the Patrol Division as a K-9 Officer. Officer Berner has over 14 years of experience in law enforcement including the Chandler Police Department, Pinal County Sheriffs Office, and Racine, Wisconsin. He is an Arizona POST General Instructor, Physical Fitness Instructor and a Defensive Tactics Instructor.

Margie Zuccaro
Administrative Specialist
(480) 988-8755
Ms. Margie Zuccaro is the Administrative Assistant assigned to the LETA Academy for the past 8 years. Ms. Zuccaro has prior experience in law enforcement serving with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York and Phoenix.