The Academy is a reality television series that provides a behind-the-scenes look at police recruits of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy as they go through an 18-week training course to become deputies of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. There were 111 recruits to start out and 24 were separated. Separations occur when recruits fail make-up exams, simply decide to resign due to injury or by personal choice, or when the instructors feel the recruit shouldn’t continue with training.
The lead drill instructor was Deputy Miley a.k.a “The Ramrod”. Class 355 was mostly made of recruits for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, but there were recruits for other agencies as well such as the Los Angeles Port Police, Torrance Police Department, Inglewood Police Department, Redondo Beach Police Department, and the Pomona Police Department. The third season of The Academy, which premiered on October 24, 2009 provides a behind-the-scenes look at recruits of California’s Orange County Fire Authority.