The Southern Desert Regional Police Academy is a consortium between:

Are You Interested in a Career in Law Enforcement?
We are currently compiling an interest list for the Spring 2020 academy class that will begin in January of 2020. If you are interested in this upcoming academy, EMAIL US with your name and contact information, including a valid email address.

Finalized information on the Spring 2020 academy session will be disseminated as soon as it becomes available.

Please note that applications for the Fall 2019 academy are no longer being accepted.

Academy Program Information

Graduates of a Category 1 / 3 academy will receive 27 Criminal Justice credits and a Category 1 certificate, which is approved by the Nevada POST Committee. The POST certificates are good for two years from the date of graduation. The Criminal Justice credits will go towards an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, LETA; as well as the Certificate of Achievement, LETA.
*Please note there is an additional cost for out of state tuition costs for non-affiliated recruits*.

Program is full-time, Monday through Thursday, with occasional Fridays. The hours are 0700 to 1730 for 22 weeks. There are occasional swing shift days for training purposes.

Graduates from the program are currently working as law enforcement officers in many different law enforcement agencies in the State of Nevada.

Interested non-affiliated applicants must pass a written exam, oral board, and physical fitness test. Applicants will then proceed to a background check, a VSA (Voice Stress Analyzer) test, psychological exam, and a physical exam. Applicants will need a letter from the physician stating they're qualified to participate in the academy.

Applicants must be 21 years old and ALREADY possess a Nevada Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) Permit. Permit must be for one of the authorized academy firearms.

Contact the Southern Desert Regional Police Academy

College of Southern Nevada
Water Street Location, Sort Code HNDT311
311 South Water Street
Henderson, NV 89002

Phone: 702-651-3500 | Fax: 702-651-3533
Email Us

Academy Staff:

Adam Garcia
Interim Director
Terry L. Pippin
Academic Director
Rita Hayes
Program Director
Heather Geeb
Office Manager
Mandy Nelson

TAC Officers

Sergeant Michael Booker
City of North Las Vegas Police Department
Officer Shane Allen
City of North Las Vegas Police Department
Officer Paul Hartz
City of Las Vegas Department of Public Safety
Officer Kristen Bishop
City of North Las Vegas Police Department
Officer Shawn Thatch
City of Las Vegas Department of Public Safety