In 1969 the Academy occupied the initial phase of the physical building that continues to be the foundation for the administrative offices. For almost four years a temporary classroom was housed in the first floor of this building.
Early in the existence of the Academy it was determined that assistance was needed in order to provide the mandated training to more than 4,000 officers who were functioning in the state at that time. In the years that followed, seven regional law enforcement training facilities made application to and were approved by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Council for the conduct of basic training schools. These institutions were approved on the basis of their former experience and/or interest in law enforcement training. The institutions were: Cedar Rapids Police Department, Des Moines Police Department, Sioux City Police Department, Hawkeye Institute of Technology, Indian Hills Community College, Iowa Western Community College and Northwest Iowa Vocational Technical School.