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Be a part of the solution that can impact society and individuals.

About Us

Started in 1996, learn more about our Academy.

Application Process

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Program Outline

Class schedule, summary and costs.
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Join a Family

When you join the POST Academy at UVU, you join a tightly knit organization of committed individuals serving in communities throughout the state and nation.
When you choose a career in Law Enforcement, you have chosen a job that is interesting and exciting, offers great medical and retirement benefits, and is one that you and your family can be proud of.

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Instructor Spotlight

Our instructors are subject matter experts who hold ranks from officer to chief of police. They practice what they teach and have a professional class and field demeanor.

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Lt. Kent Huntsman

Lt. Kent Huntsman is one of our lead instructors at UVU Police Academy. He has been with the Provo Police Department for 23 years and has taught at UVU for over 20 years. Huntsman is our instructor for Patrol Concepts, Civil Disputes, Patrol Tactics and teaches about the Crisis Intervention Team.  Huntsman has served on the Metro SWAT team for 21 years as an Operator, Team Leader, Sniper Team Leader and Team Commander.  Huntsman serves the Provo Police currently as a Motors Team Commander, Patrol Lieutenant and Department Firearms Training Coordinator and Instructor

Sgt. Spencer Cannon

Sergeant Spencer Cannon has worked for the Utah County Sheriff’s Office for 31 years.  He began his career as a Deputy in Corrections and has worked in Patrol, Investigations, Emergency Services, and is currently assigned to the Administrative Services Division. He spent five years as a Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinator and for eighteen years Sergeant Cannon has been the Public Information Officer for the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.  For eight years he was an investigator for the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner.  Cannon is our instructor for Dead Body Investigations and Media Relations  He served four years in the U.S. Army and four years in the Utah Army National Guard.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Utah.  He has been married for 39 years, has five children, and 9 grandchildren.

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Lt. Shane N. Fredrickson

Lt. Shane N. Fredrickson has 25 years in law enforcement and is currently a lieutenant with the Orem Police Department, supervising firearms training, active assailant preparedness, and the field training of new officers. He was assigned to the Metro SWAT team for 17 years, with 6 years as a team leader in charge of the sniper section. Fredrickson has served as Police sniper instructor for the Countermeasures Tactical Institute from 2011 to present, POST certified firearms instructor for 13 years, and UVU Law Enforcement Academy firearms instructor for 8 years.

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