Law Enforcement Training Academy

At the Law Enforcement Training Institute, we offer a Class A-certified 600-hour basic training academy. You will receive almost 700 hours of training that exceeds Missouri's minimum requirements for peace officer certification.

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For 15 to 16 weeks you will attend a progressive and fast-paced academy that will earn you not only peace officer certification, but certification in 12 other topic areas. This means that you will finish sooner and be more prepared to go to work as a peace officer. You receive real-life, hands-on training — from how to protect yourself, to how to take notes, to how to conduct an arrest. You learn practical application of law enforcement techniques as well as gain access to training not typically provided in other academies' basic POST-approved courses.

Police training handled like a real department

Inspection during the Law Enforcement Training Academy

The moment you punch the clock on day one, you are assigned a squad, squad leader and chain of command. You are treated like an officer, and you are expected to act like one. This intense training is modeled after a real police department. You sign in and out on a time sheet every day and work in 15-minute increments. If you are late one minute, you are late 15 minutes — just like a real job.

Our faculty is one of the most distinguished and widely recognized groups of professionals in law enforcement training. Every lesson is taught by an expert who has spent his or her career performing in the field. For instruction in specialized areas, our instructors are joined by leading attorneys and other state-certified professional law enforcement trainers. These experts provide an outside perspective that complements our curriculum. At LETI, our entire institute is dedicated to developing excellent, well-rounded officers who are leaders in their respective areas.

A career built on passion

Being a police officer is a tough job. You take on tremendous responsibility. It's imperative that you fully understand all the ramifications. Our job is to prepare you for any scenario you could possibly encounter. For instance, in addition to rigorous mental and physical training, you will be pepper-sprayed. It's not fun, but it's part of the job. If you have to use this weapon on a fellow citizen in your community, you have to understand how it works.

Police officers love what they do. Helping communities stay safe is their passion. And we take pride in turning those passions into careers. Our training program places you on the path to becoming a police officer, deputy sheriff or other law enforcement professional. Along the way you will create friendships that will last a lifetime. The brother- and sister-hood in law enforcement transcends fields, borders and time. You and your classmates will build the foundation to become successful leaders in the profession for the rest of your careers.

Police department placement rates top 90 percent

LETI is the academy of choice for police departments around the state of Missouri. On average, 90 to 95 percent of our graduates who are actively seeking a law enforcement career are hired within the first six months of completing our program.


Spring 2017 graduating class

Spring 2017 graduating class

Loan availability

Sallie Mae has agreed to provide student loan funding to students enrolled in the Law Enforcement Training Academy. Apply or learn more about Sallie Mae's loan options.

Be sure to follow each step of the application process when applying for a private/alternative student loan. If you need assistance, contact the lender, who can walk you through their process and update you on the status of your loan.

An alternative loan is a privately financed educational loan in the student's name, which is offered by banks and other organizations. These loans are not federally funded. The interest rates on these loans often are either fixed or variable, are not capped and are tied to the prime rate or LIBOR index.

Alternative loans are credit-based loans and, in most cases, a credit-worthy co-applicant is required. With a co-applicant, the risk to the lending institution is reduced and the borrower can receive a better interest rate. Individual eligibility will vary according to cost, need and any other aid being received by the student.

Scholarship searches

Sallie Mae's free scholarship search is the perfect solution to anyone looking for a scholarship to help pay for their LETI training. Your search will provide access to an award database that contains more than 3 million scholarships worth more than $16 billion and is expanded and updated daily. By registering, you will automatically be entered in their monthly drawing for a $1,000 scholarship giveaway. Start your search.