Knox County
Sheriff's Office

Knox County
Sheriff's Office

Knox County Training Unit

KCSO Training

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy has the honor of producing some of the best law enforcement officers in the state through the Basic Police School. Recruits train for 12 weeks, followed by on-the-job training. Anyone working full-time in a law enforcement agency is eligible for the school. Upon completion of the necessary course work, the graduate is eligible for POST (Peace Officer Standard Training) certification.

The Training Unit maintains its own professional training staff and hosts a number of specialized training schools every year such as the FBI, Homeland Security, and NRA.

Each certified officer is mandated by the State of Tennessee to receive 40 hours of in-service training every year to maintain POST certification. The Training Unit conducts in-service training for Sheriff’s Office certified officers, court security officers, and school police officers. It also conducts specialized training for KCSO’s SWAT Team, Citizen’s Academy, SCAN (Senior Citizen Awareness Network) volunteers, Tracking Team, and the Honor Guard. 

Training also maintains a-state-of-the art indoor firing range for year-round firearms training and qualification, and an outdoor range for combat courses.

Developing Skills

Learning and honing tactics and techniques essential to law enforcement to protect and serve the community

Dedication & Perseverance

Going beyond what is comfortable to be able to endure more than the average individual

Experience Earned

Officer smiling with boy on KCSO motorbike

Community Interaction

We feel our utmost responsibility is reaching out to the community. Community involvement, professional conduct, and seeking to serve are instilled in our officers to help citizens feel safe and comfortable in Knox County.
Recruits, Honor Guard, and family at Academy graduation

Pride, Integrity, & Honor

Developing a positive sense of pride in our officers brings about professionalism and integrity, thus creating better community service and honor within each recruit.
Instructor and officers standing on driving course with KCSO cruiser


Working as a team is essential in law enforcement. Team building drills allows officers to realize their strengths and weaknesses and how to incorporate these attributes with fellow officers, creating trust and a team mindset.
Academy class being taught by guest instructor


Proper education in law is fundamental with law enforcement officers. Our training division incorporates scenarios and exercises from day 1 allows officers to better understand and apply that knowledge in the real world.

Contact us to find out more about the Training Unit

Sheriff Tom Spangler

Knox County Sheriff's Office

Knoxville, TN

Tom Spangler, Sheriff