Before you can become a deputy, you must complete 720 hours of basic law enforcement academy (BLEA) training at the Washington State Criminal Justice Center Training Commission (WSCJTC) within 6 months of hire. King County Sheriff's Office must sponsor you to attend. There are no self-sponsorships.
WSCJTC is located in Burien, WA near SeaTac Airport. Classes generally run Monday-Friday business hours, with some evening and weekend sessions. Please note that dorm rooms are not available for KCSO hires.
All academy recruits must be able to actively and fully participate in:
- Defensive drills
- Any other required physical activity under WAC 139-05-230
The 720-hour Basic Academy curriculum is designed to provide recruit officers with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for safe, proper, and effective law enforcement service.
Instructional blocks include:
- Criminal Law and Procedures
- Traffic Enforcement
- Cultural Awareness
- Communication Skills
- Emergency Vehicle Operations Course
- Crisis Intervention
- Patrol Procedures
- Criminal Investigation
- Defensive Tactics