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100 E Walnut St
C.K. Newsome Building - Lower Level
Evansville, IN 47708
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Southwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy

Academy Class 20-26 starts January 13th and graduation is April 24th, 2020.

Academy Class 19-25 starts July 15th and graduation is November 8th, 2019 (Class Full)

Registration for classes starting in 2020 will be handled by submitting a request with all recruit information to the SWILEA Director at  Recruits must be full time sworn officers/deputies at the time the request is submitted.  Departments will be notified in a timely manner of the recruits that have been accepted.

Cost to attend:

  • Mandatory academy uniforms and ammunition
  • SWILEA has an agreement with The Kunkel Group to house non-commuting academy students for $1200 each for the full 17 weeks
  • SWILEA will no longer be able to accept part-time Officers or Deputies.  All recruits must be full-time sworn Officers/deputies.
  • SWILEA does NOT accept officers or deputies that serve their agencies in a Reserve status. 

A brief overview of SWILEA training:

  • 17 weeks or approximately 580 hours of training (8a – 4p, M – F, holidays off)
  • Classroom instruction combined with scenario based/sims style training
  • SWILEA is geared toward training officers/deputies who can work anywhere in Indiana
  • Instructors are officers and deputies who are actually working in the field they are instructing
  • SWILEA’s curriculum is approved by LETB
  • Academy class size is capped at 20 students.  This allows a lot of one on one instruction with the students.  It also allows the academy instructors to get to know each student on a personal basis.
  • SWILEA students are trained and/or certified in SFST, STOPS, TOPS and NIMS ICS 100, 200 and 700
  • SWILEA will have two sessions per year starting sometime in February and July

Major areas of training covered at SWILEA (including the six mentioned above) are:

  • Report writing
  • Domestic violence
  • Criminal, misdemeanor and traffic law
  • Firearms (handgun, shotgun and patrol rifle)
  • Patrol techniques
  • Building searches/active shooter
  • Water safety
  • Crime scene
  • Narcotics
  • Defensive tactics
  • EVO
  • Working around Police K-9s
  • EMS awareness
  • Crash investigations