This program provides qualified applicants with the opportunity to gain certified entry-level law enforcement training at their own expense; making them sought after in the marketplace among potential law enforcement employers.  Peace Officer Basic, Detention Officer Basic, and Public Safety Communications Personnel Basic courses are available.

  1. Submit application and $400 non-refundable application fee.

  2. Upon acceptance of the application, applicants deemed to meet the initial qualifications will be invited to complete the following at WLEA.

    1. Participate in and pass the WLEA Physical Fitness Assessment at the same standards as basic students.

    2. Participate in and pass the P.O.S.T. Test with a minimum performance standard of 70%.

    3. Participate in an initial interview with a background investigator.

    4. Participate in a psychological evaluation.

  3. If the above conditions are achieved, a thorough background investigation is conducted and submitted to the Basic Programs Manager for review. 

  4. Upon the recommendation of the Basic Programs Manager the candidate is invited to attended a future Basic course.  ​

If you are interested in the Pre-Service Program, please send an email to

Applicant Requirements
  • Be a United States citizen

  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent

  • Possess a valid driver's license

  • Not have been convicted of any crime(s) punishable by imprisonment in a Federal or State Correctional facility

  • Be a person of good moral character as determined through a background investigation

  • Be free of any physical, emotional, or mental condition that would adversely affect the performance of the duties of a peace officer, detention officer, or public safety communications officer as determined by a complete medical examination and comprehensive psychological test

  • Pass a rigorous physical fitness assessment (Peace Officer and Detention Officer only)

Course Fees
  • Application Fee:  $400

  • All Courses, Non-Refundable

  • Peace Officer Basic:  $4,600

  • Detention Officer Basic:  $2,300

  • Public Safety Communications Basic:  $900

The Montgomery G.I. Bill, Wyoming Workforce Investment Act, as well as the WLEA Deferred Payment Plan are available.

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