The fundamental mission of the Sheriff’s Office Training Academy is to provide professional training curriculums designed to improve the quality of regional law enforcement and correctional services. The Sheriff of Shelby County, the Director of Training and the staff provide practical application in all segments of basic, in-service and specialized training. All officers must attend a 40-hour basic Peace Officer Instructor Development School.
The training academy is a CALEA and ACA accredited institution. It is located at 993 Dovecrest Road in Memphis.
The law enforcement curriculum has been certified and approved by the State of Tennessee Peace Officer Standard and Training Commission.
The corrections curriculum has been certified and approved by the Tennessee Corrections Institute.
Some of the schools held at the academy are:
- Enforcement procedures for full-time deputies and reserve deputies
- Correctional Facility Training procedures for Corrections Deputies
- Required “In-Service” refresher training held each year for full-time deputies, reserve deputies, and corrections deputies
We also have many outside agencies that use our Firearms Range. These are listed as follows:
Three main areas of training are provided at the Academy.
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Rules require that each in-service training session must include firearms training requalification with service pistol and any other authorized weapon.
The standards authorized and issued weapons for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office are the Glock full-sized model 22 .40 S&W; the Remington, Model 870, 12 gauge shotgun; and the Glock model 23 compact pistol.
There will be a minimum of one (1) firearms qualification (POST certification) session each calendar year with additional practical, combat course training throughout the year. A qualifying score of 75% or better must be made on all required firearms courses for both the pistol and shotgun.