He had just left his home on Monday afternoon in the capital Mogadishu when a bomb planted beneath the driver's seat ripped through the vehicle.
The acting police commissioner said the bombing took place as recruits and officers were preparing for special exercises for the country's upcoming "Police Day".
Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack and gave a higher death toll.
"We can confirm that at least 17 people were killed and 17 others wounded after a suicide attack targeted General Kahiye Police Academy", Abdullahi Hamid, state minister for the office of the prime minister, told local media.
According to a Reuters report, the bomber was in police uniform and blew himself up inside the training camp.
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Somalia is one of the most unsafe countries for journalists: 45 Somali reporters were killed between 2007 and 2015, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Al-Shabaab carries out frequent bombings in Mogadishu and other towns.
A drone strike earlier this week against an Al-Shabab vehicle carrying explosives prevented an "imminent threat to the people of Mogadishu", the U.S. African Command said.
The attack comes barely two months after the militants stormed Nasa Hablood II hotel in the city centre killing more than 25 people.
The group, which is allied to Al-Qaeda, is waging an insurgency against the UN-backed government and its African Union allies in a bid to topple the weak administration and impose its own strict interpretation of Islam.