Our brand new Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) is a ground-breaking addition to our renowned training program. Designed to be comprehensive and holistic in approach, it is one of the premier law enforcement training facility in the Pacific Northwest.
Every deputy — entry level or lateral transfer — starts their WCSO career at our 9-week, in-house academy that builds the foundation of our approach to law enforcement. We believe this “pre-academy” is critical to the short- and long-term success of our deputies.
Following graduation from the state academy, jail and patrol recruit deputies enter into the Field Training Entry Program (FTEP) under the wing of an experienced peer deputy for approximately 12-16 weeks. Deputies are under total probationary period of about 18 months from hire date.
Day one of your career through your last day before retirement, the training never stops. Throughout their career, deputies receive some of the best training in the country as they promote, apply for special teams, and innovate new ways to keep our neighborhoods safe. Some deputies enjoy training so much, they eventually join our super-talented training team.