Admission Requirements

“Do I qualify to get in the academy?” Admission Requirements

Auxiliary/Special Functions Officer (SFO) And Basic Corrections Officer (BCO) Entry Requirements

Section 53-6-203 Utah Code Annotated states that every applicant for admission to the training programs conducted by a certified peace officers training academy shall meet the following standards and requirements before being admitted.   If you have any questions regarding the following requirements as they pertain to your personal background please contact us at 801-395-3412.  For detailed questions regarding any criminal history or drug use contact Peace Officers Standards & Training (POST) in Sandy, UT at 801-256-2300.  
  1. Academic Test: All applicants are required to pass the NPOST exam prior to attending the Law Enforcement Academy.
  2. Physical Training: The PT Entrance exam will be the first week of class.
  3. Complete Application Process; including Background Check and Fingerprint Search
  4. Be a United States Citizen. Naturalized citizens shall indicate their naturalization number on the application or provide a copy of a current and valid U.S. Passport.
  5. Be a minimum age of 21 years of age by the SFO Certification Exam (approx. 6-10 weeks)
  6. Be the holder of a high school diploma or furnish evidence of successful completion of an examination indicating an equivalent achievement.
  7. Demonstrate good moral character, as determined by a background investigation, which may include consideration of offenses that have been expunged under Utah Code Ann. 77-40-108 or that have been dismissed or that have been treated in a similar manner to either of these procedures.
  8. Be free of any physical, emotional or mental condition which might adversely affect the performance of duty as a peace officer.
  9. DISQUALIFIERS
    • Applicants who have been dismissed from the armed services under dishonorable conditions are not eligible for peace officer training
    • Applicants who have been convicted of Domestic Violence are not eligible for peace officer training unless the conviction has been expunged or set aside.
    • Applicants who have been convicted of a felony will not be accepted into law enforcement training.
    CRIMINAL HISTORY
    • Applicants who have been convicted of, or involved in conduct which is a state or federal criminal offense may not be allowed to make application to attend a basic peace officer training program or receive peace officer certification for a period of time consistent with the current POST disciplinary guidelines for the specific crime involved. The waiting period shall run from the date of the involvement unless the applicant is still under probation for the violation in which case the applicant will not be allowed to make application until the probation has been successfully completed and/or the applicant is no longer under court supervision. Waiting periods shall run consecutively for applicant s who have been convicted of, or involved in multiple violations.
    • Four years waiting period for engaging in conduct which is a state or federal criminal offense that is a felony, but where the applicant was not convicted of a felony. Engaging in conduct which is a Class A misdemeanor and which involves an act of violence.
    • Three years waiting period for engaging in conduct which is a state or federal criminal offense that is a class A misdemeanor.
    • Two year waiting period for falsifying any information to obtain certification. Engaging in conduct which is a Class B misdemeanor and which involves an act of violence and/or the possession or use of a controlled substance.
    • One year waiting period for engaging in any crime involving lying, dishonesty, false reports or any conduct which is a violation of any other state or federal criminal offense that is a class B misdemeanor.
    • Six months waiting period for engaging in conduct which is a state or federal criminal offense that is a class C misdemeanor or infraction, but not including a traffic offense that is a class C misdemeanor or infraction.
    DRUG USE HISTORY - The waiting period begins from the last use of the drug in question regardless of whether you were arrested for drug use or not.
    • PRESCRIPTION DRUGS The waiting period could be anywhere from a warning up to four years for the misuse of prescription drugs. Misuse of a prescription drug includes, but is not limited to, taking a prescription drug that has not been legally prescribed to you personally, taking a prescription drug in a manner inconsistent with the prescription or labeling information or providing a prescription drug to another person knowing that the drug has not been legally prescribed to that individual.
    • The waiting period for the following drugs is two years.
      • Marijuana, Hashish, Cannabis
      • Anabolic Steroids
      • Toluene
      • Inhalants, Amyl Nitrates
    • The waiting period for the following drugs is five years.
      • Heroin, Cocaine, Percodan, Tai Sticks
      • Quaaludes, Crank, Morphine, LSD
      • Crack, Mescaline, Peyote, Opium
      • Demoral, Methadone, Mushrooms, Amphetamine
      • Barbiturates, Methamphetamine, Hallucinogens
      • Narcotic Analgesics
      • Central Nervous system depressants &/or stimulants
      • PCP or any of its analogs
      • Extasy or any of its analogs
      • MDMA or any of its analogs
    Updated per POST Council 6/2014

Law Enforcement Officer Curriculum (LEO) Requirements

Entrance Requirements
  • Be currently certified as a Corrections or Special Functions Officer or have completed a certification course for Corrections, or Special Functions Officer (Module 1,  SFO/BCO) in the past four years.
  • Successfully complete the LEO Entrance Exam with a score of 80% or higher.
  • Successfully complete the LEO Entrance Physical Exam and Defensive Tactics Exam.