Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy

About the Training Academy

The Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, in compliance with the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission, trains qualified personnel in basic law enforcement procedures and the law of the State of Tennessee:

While attending the Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, the attendees can earn college credits toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Public Safety.


Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy

The Walters State Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy is an intensive nine week, 500 hour course of instruction on basic law enforcement. Upon completion of the academy the student will be awarded the Technical Certificate in Basic Law Enforcement Officer Education and is eligible to apply for certification by the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Commission as a certified peace officer in the state of Tennessee after being employed by a law enforcement agency.

Academy students are required to live at the academy Sunday night through Friday afternoon. During the academy the average day for a student starts at 5:30 AM and does not end until 10:30 PM Monday through Friday.

Cadets will earn a Technical Certificate in Public Safety - Basic Law Enforcement Officer Education. Twenty-three semester hours of college credit will be granted to each student successfully completing the Basic Law Enforcement Officer Education.

Academy Sessions


Class 131 Jan. 15, 2024 – Mar. 14, 2024

Non-departmental application deadline


Cadet Orientation (mandatory)


Interviews TBD


Class 132 Apr. 08, 2024 - Jun. 06, 2024

Non-departmental application deadline


Cadet Orientation (mandatory)

Interviews TBD


Class 133 Jul. 15, 2024 - Sep. 12, 2024

Non-departmental application deadline


Cadet Orientation (mandatory)

Interviews TBD


Class 134 Sep. 30, 2024 - Dec. 5, 2024

Non-departmental application deadline


Cadet Orientation (mandatory)





Academy Application

Application and acceptance to the Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy is a separate process and must be completed in addition to the WSCC Application.

For a complete academy information packet, visit the apply now page located here and follow all instructions. After reviewing the information packet, if you still have questions please feel free to call 423.798.7950 to speak to a member of the academy staff.



The successful recruit should come to the academy with an average-to-above average academic ability, similar to the typical college freshman. The successful recruit will start the academy in sufficient physical condition. The current RLETA training is roughly based on an 800 Meter sprint training with various strength and conditioning matrices. Training around this idea would create ideal Cadets with excellent anaerobic and aerobic abilities that are well prepared to score well on the 1.5-mile run, 300-meter sprint, 1-minute Push-up test, 1-minute Sit-up test, and an Obstacle/Stress Course.

Cadets Should Be Able To Do The Following

1200 Meters of Sprinting per week

5 Miles of Running per week

300-400 Pushups per week

300-400 Sit-ups per week

RLETA wishes to use this notice not as a warning, but as a preparatory guide to ensure the success and injury free training for every Cadet.


Specialized Law Enforcement Training

The Division of Public Safety offers specialized Law Enforcement schools each year, serving upper east Tennessee Law Enforcement Agencies. The courses offered are coordinated with the respective agencies in order to fulfill their training needs.

Specialized Law Enforcement Training Schedule

To register, contact Kellie Hendrix at 423.798.7988.

Police In-Service Schedule and Registration



The 11-turn road course at Walters State Community College.
The 11-turn road course at Walters State Community College.


Defensive and Tactical Driver Training

Walters State Community College is recognized as the leader in driver training throughout East Tennessee. Each year, our driver training facility is utilized to train approximately 1,000 civilian and government drivers in the safe operation of motorcycles, police cars, school buses and fire rescue vehicles.

The driver training facility is located at the Public Safety Center less than one mile from WSCC's main campus in Morristown, TN.

It consists of:

  • a secure five-acre skills pad with elevated observation building
  • an 11-turn road course with off-road recovery area
  • an inventory of 22 training vehicles
  • several-hundred traffic cones and other instructional aids
    This enables us to set up a variety of course configurations and accommodate almost any type of vehicle.
  • A dedicated two-way radio system
    Provides for continuous on-track student/instructor communications.
  • and videotaping of practical exercises may be performed as needed.

Our driver improvement trainings are approved by the Tennessee POST Commission and recommended by the State's leading government insurance provider, the Tennessee Municipal League. Our instructors are certified by the National Safety Council, the American Automobile Association, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and other accredited driving trainings.


Courses of Interest

Defensive & Tactical Driving

  • This course is presented as an entry-level class in the Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Driver Instructor Training

  • This course prepares current full-time officers to instruct at the basic academy or specialized training level.



Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy

Niswonger Campus
221 N. College Street
Greeneville, TN 37745

Office: 423.798.7950
Fax: 423.798.7959