The Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy was formed in July, 2005, and replaces the former Reno-Sparks Law Enforcement Academy which had been formed in 2003 by the Reno Police Department and the Sparks Police Department. The new coalition is comprised of Reno Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Sparks Police Department and Truckee Meadows Community College through an Interagency Agreement. The Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy now provides recruit training for many different law enforcement agencies in Northern Nevada. This Academy was created to maximize the effective use of the extensive knowledge and qualified training resources of the Truckee Meadows area's respective law enforcement agencies and to eliminate duplication of services.The instructors are drawn from all the involved agencies as well as from the Washoe County District Attorney's Office, the Washoe County Crime Lab, University of Nevada Reno, State of Nevada, Washoe County District Attorney’s Office, Reno City Attorney’s Office, Washoe County Coroner’s Office, various United States Armed Forces, Washoe County Juvenile Services Division, Washoe Medical Center, Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms, Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada Mental Health Services and other agencies for specific training topics and exercises. Classroom and practical training for recruits includes such topics as crime-scene investigation, accident investigation, domestic abuse and child and elderly abuse issues, evidence preservation and collection, interviewing techniques, arrest methods, defensive tactics, patrol procedures and emergency vehicle operation. Additionally, Constitutional law, laws governing arrests, search and seizure, narcotics, and traffic laws are covered extensively. Also, interpersonal communication, victims' rights and ethics in law enforcement are an intrinsic part of the Academy program.
The Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy originally scheduled three academies per year to keep up with the demand for exceptional law enforcement personnel. In the future they expect to expand the original curriculum and length and hold two academies per year.
The Academy is located at the Regional Public Safety Training Center, a new, state-of-the-art training facility for use by all the public safety organizations within Washoe County, including Reno Police, Sparks Police, Reno Fire, Washoe County Sheriff's Office, and the Nevada Highway Patrol.