Welcome to the LVMPD Police Academy website. The goal of the Academy is to provide you with the best possible law enforcement instruction in a professional, motivating, intensely challenging, and disciplined environment. The staff’s mission is to give you everything you need to succeed. You, however, must put in maximum effort in order to guarantee your success.
We want you to be as prepared as possible upon entry into the police academy, which will assist us in helping you achieve your goal of becoming a police officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. We feel the content on this site will provide you with the information required to get off to a great start. In these web pages, you will find a number of resources designed to help you prepare for attending the police academy. You will find helpful information on academics, writing, testing, physical fitness, defensive tactics, and firearms.
A few words of advice as you begin your preparation:
- Arrive to the first day of the academy in excellent physical condition. Physical training is conducted nearly every day during the police academy and the training is rigorous and challenging. Recruits who do not show up "in shape", place unneeded stress upon themselves as a result of their poor fitness level. Over time, this will begin to have an effect on their performance in other areas, making it more difficult to be successful overall. We have included a 12 week fitness program you can follow, which can help you arrive in the physical condition necessary to be successful at the academy. Also, you can download the video "Coaching Cops", which shows, in detail, the type of physical training you can expect daily while attending the academy.
- The academics at the LVMPD Police Academy are at the college level. When you arrive for your first day, you will be issued a number of textbooks and manuals. Each book/manual will be thoroughly covered by the academy staff and instructors over the course of the academy and will be testable material for written exams, practical skills evaluations, and all the comprehensive tests. Be prepared to study and retain knowledge. This skill will be critical in your successful completion of the academy.
- Prepare yourself mentally for the challenges you are about to face. Get your personal affairs in order prior to the Academy so that you have no distractions. The support of family and friends is essential during your Academy instruction. Involve them in your preparation and keep them involved as you progress through the training.
The process of becoming a police officer is long and difficult and it is designed that way for a purpose. You are about to enter into a profession that comes with an incredible amount of responsibility and, because of this, the academy process is taken very seriously. We expect 100% commitment from you in everything you do at the Academy. Anything less is not acceptable.
Get prepared. We look forward to you joining the ranks of one of the finest police departments in the country!
Training Bureau Commander