The Academy

The Academy is a Fox Reality Channel series. The series followed a group of recruits through the 18 week intensive course, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy. Not all recruits attending the Sheriff's Academy, are intending on becoming Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies. Some were from cities in the area.

Not all recruits entering the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy successfully complete the course. Beginning from day one, which is called "Black Monday" by the instructors, everything that an instructor can do to challenge each recruit, is done. Actually I personally attended this academy 30 years ago. On the first day one man, who was already a police officer in a very small town, was kicked out of the academy. The instructors asked him why he likes being a police officer. He said it was because he liked wearing a gun. Not only did they kick him out, they notified his captain that he was unfit to wear a badge.

There are numerous rules and regulations which govern the academy. If they are not followed to the letter, a recruit is released. Likewise there is a very rigid curriculum of courses. Every facet of law enforcement, first aid, state and federal laws, etc. are covered in academics. Every recruit must meet the required score on every exam. If they don't they are kicked out.

The rigidity of the academy rules reach into off duty hours for the recruits. If a recruit goes out to have fun in the clubs downtown, and the instructors feel they should be studying, that is the last the recruit sees of the academy. It is a rough, intensive and extremely demanding academy course, all designed to save the recruits lives.

During this 18 week course you don't get to wear your uniform the whole time. The commander of the academy will inform the recruits when he feels you've earned the right to wear the uniform. At any point in time, if anything happens to question a recruits' leadership ability, firearms expertise, or knowledge of the law, that recruit is quickly shown out the front door.

The 1st and 2nd year of this show followed recruits at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy. The 3rd year was filmed at the Orange County Fire Academy. This also is an 18 week course. It is equally as demanding and intensive to be trained to be a fireman.

Saturday 9:00 PM et/pt on FOX
3 Seasons, 32 Episodes
May 24, 2007
Cast: Dwight Miley, Craig DeSilva
The Academy

The Academy Full Episode Guide

  • After 18 weeks of intense training, Class 36 has come to the moment they have been waiting for - graduation day.

  • It's the final exam and the moment of truth for Class 36.

  • Recruit Torres reports for duty with a highly contagious infection. The Cadre are forced to shut down the drills grounds and decontaminate the entire academy.

  • The recruits of Class 36 experience a day in the life of a firefighter. These real-time simulations bring unpredictable conditions and obstacles of what they will encounter in the field and give them a taste of the career they are about to enter.

  • Class 36 is exposed to their most difficult challenge yet as they must utilize all of the skills they have learned to work on live fire engulfed inside a tower.

  • Class 36 is put through an intense wildland training program working with bulldozers, massive waterlines and helicopters.

  • Recruit Gonzales is caught cheating off Recruit Adelman's quiz, putting both men in jeopardy of being terminated.

  • Class 36 enters their first live burn where temperatures reach up to one thousand degrees.

  • Some of the recruits of Class 36 struggle as they try and master some of the most basic fire skills.

  • Recruit Class 36 is introduced to an elite team of instructors known as the Cadre who will be transforming them firefighters.

  • Class 368 graduates, and a top staff member departs the Academy.

  • Recruit Villareal continues to disappoint both the drill instructors and other members of Class 368. Meanwhile, Recruit Turner and others face separation as they retake the final test, just days before graduation.

  • The recruits take their final shooting test and have to overcome a house filled with tear gas.

  • A few careless recruits get into trouble when their weapons are stolen from their vehicle.

  • Recruit Santos is struggling when she can't lead the group.

  • Recruit Marquez is worried that her cancer has returned.

  • At the shooting range, Recruit Valladores can't figure out how to shoot his weapon.

  • Recruit Villareal is on the hot seat as the new class sergeant.

  • Recruit Paez struggles as first-class sergeant, and Deputy Miley gives her an ultimatum; Recruit Villareal gets in trouble with the drill instructors.

  • The LASD Staff has many new surprises planned for the first day of training, known as "Black Monday."

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