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Due to unforeseen circumstances, all members of the Pima Community College (PCC) Governing Board will be attending the Board's March 8, 2023, Regular Meeting remotely. At the discretion of the Board Chair, PCC administrators and others making scheduled presentations to the Board may also be appearing remotely. Tonight's meeting will otherwise be conducted in a hybrid format as previously noticed, and members of the public may still attend in person at PCC's District Office, room C-105. During the "Public Comment-Call to the Audience" portion of tonight's meeting, public comments may still be made either remotely or in person. PCC staff will be on-site in room C-105 to assist members of the public attending in person who wish to address comments to the Board.
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Law Enforcement Academy Certificate

Join Pima’s Law Enforcement Academy. Contact or 520-206-3540 to apply. All interested persons must complete an application, give permission to conduct a background check and meet other program and AZPOST requirements. Learn more.

Training begins September 2023.

Pursue your dream of becoming a police officer and give back to the community! Pima’s full-authority peace officer academy will prepare you for a rewarding career in law enforcement.

"You have time to digest what you’ve learned and become confident with each subject. I felt comfortable having the opportunity to think about what I learned and come back with questions."~ David Pastula, Pima Law Enforcement Cadet

The nine-month academy is a rigorous program. It includes classroom instruction and physical and practical skills training. You will learn firearms, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, report writing, investigation techniques, physical fitness and more.

Pimas’s Law Enforcement Academy program is approved as a Basic Peace Officer program by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards & Training Board (AZPOST).

Cadets who complete Pima’s Law Enforcement Training Academy and pass the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZ POST) exam are eligible to be certified police officers.

Conditional Enrollment Program: You will be eligible to enroll in LEA courses once you have completed the requirements listed in Program Admissions and the Department has authorized your enrollment. See the program director or advisor for more information.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

Community policing training at its best

We are working with police departments across Tucson to increase training in:

  • Bias identification
  • Culturally sensitive de-escalation
  • Demilitarization approaches


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Contact Information

Division of Workforce and Continuing Education
Dean: 520.206.4587
Program Staff: 520.206.3543
Program Advisor:  520.206.7464

Program Information

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To find out more about the Law Enforcement Academy

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Completing this program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers. Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages. Some careers may require additional education or training. Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers $59,342
Detectives and Criminal Investigators $82,202
Private Detectives & Investigators $46,780

Academic Options

Continue your studies by working toward an associate’s degree in Justice Professions.

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