The Anchorage Police Department's Officer Academy trains and certifies police officers to effectively enforce the law within the Municipality of Anchorage. The Academy is designed to push APD Officer recruits mentally, physically, and emotionally to prepare them for protecting and serving our community.
This is a non-residential academy. The schedule is 10 hours per day, 4 days a week, Monday thru Thursday. Recruits are required to secure their own housing and transportation. After the Academy, officers complete a 19 week field training program where they are partnered with a senior patrol officer to apply the skills they obtained in the academy out in the field. Recruits are paid while attending the academy and treated as full-time employees of the Municipality of Anchorage; the current wage as of January 1, 2016 is $32.62 per hour for an officer recruit.
The Academy consists of 24 weeks of training specifically designed around basic Law Enforcement officer skills which are taught and evaluated through acted scenarios. Recruits receive over 100 hours of Defensive Tactics which include handcuffing, baton training, OC spray, ground fighting skills, and other department approved tactics. Academy Recruits are required to complete over 100 hours of firearms training which includes the safe operation and handling of the Glock pistol and Remington 870 shotgun.
The Academy also covers other Law Enforcement related topics such as State Law, Municipal Law, DUI, Radar, First Aid, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Domestic Violence, and Officer Survival Training, just to mention a few of the courses offered.
Academy Recruits are held to a rigid physical fitness standard throughout the Academy. Recruits will be required to perform a 300 meter dash, mile and a half run, push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, and numerous other callisthenic exercises. A willingness to learn, enthusiasm, confidence, and determination are a must in order to successfully complete the Academy.
The success of a recruit is directly determined by his/her ability to adapt, learn, remain self motivated, and stay focused on the goal of becoming an Anchorage Police Officer.