The North Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Center (NMLETC), located in east Tupelo, opened its doors in 1991. NMLET serves as one of Mississippi’s six state certified police academies, graduating thirty to fifty new police officers each year. In fall 2009, the NMLETC will graduate its 45th basic law enforcement certification class.
The basic class consists of ten intensive weeks of both mental and physical challenges that cadets have to successfully complete to become a state certified police officer. These challenges consist of the basic areas of law enforcement such as physical fitness, firearms, driving, defensive tactics, state statutes and constitutional law. Police cadets stay at the training center during the week, and go home on the weekend. The cadets are not only from the Tupelo Police Department, but are drawn mostly from the law enforcement agencies in the northern region of the state.
NMLETC also serves as an in-service training facility for the Tupelo Police Department and various local, state, and federal agencies. Countless agents and officers from Tupelo and surrounding agencies use the facility for firearms and other training during the year. Many advanced law enforcement schools, sponsored by entities such as the National Rifle Association, Glock Inc., and other professional organizations, are held at the NMLETC every year. These schools serve to further develop skills necessary for career law enforcement officers. Not a week goes by that the facility is not utilized by some agency or professional organization for some type of training.
In years past the NMLETC along with the School Resource Division of the Tupelo Police Department has been proud to sponsor the Junior Police Academy. This academy consists of area youth taking part in a two-week program that gives the junior cadets a taste various areas of law enforcement and what a career in this particular field entails.
The North Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Center is proud to be an integral part of the Tupelo Police Department.