About the Academy

The Palomar College Police Academy is an extended format training program designed to allow Recruits who are maintaining full time employment the opportunity to complete police academy training.  The classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 5:30PM to 10:30PM and Saturdays from 6:00AM to 5:00PM.  Due to training requirements, some evening classes will extend to 11:00PM and some Sundays will be scheduled.

The Palomar College Police Academy was redesigned in 2016 as a modular training program.  Those wishing to pursue a full time position as a peace officer would attend the entire year-long program to be hired as a full-time sworn peace officer in California.  The modular format also meets the needs of those aspiring to be Level III, Level II, or Level I reserve police officers.  Modules are completed in descending order: Module III, followed by Module II and then Module I.

  • To qualify as a Level III reserve police officer, one must complete Module III, which consists of a minimum of 144 hours of training.
  • To qualify as a Level II reserve police officer, one must complete Module III AND Module II, which consists of an additional minimum of 189 hours of training.
  • To qualify as a Level I reserve police officer or a full-time sworn police officer, one must complete Module III, the Module II, AND Module I, which consists of an additional minimum of 394 hours of training.

The modules do not have to be completed consecutively in one year. For example, one could complete Modules III and II, leave the program, and then return the next year to complete Module I.  Also, the modules do not need to be completed at the same training facility. For example, one could complete Modules III and II at another facility and then take Module I at Palomar College.

Prerequisites for entry into Module III: Medical clearance, California DOJ clearance for firearms, and valid driver’s license.

Prerequisites for entry into Module II: Successful completion of Module III, current (within last 3 years) in PC 832 Arrest and Firearms training requirements, passage of the POST-constructed Comprehensive Module III End-of-Course Proficiency Test within the preceding 12 months, medical clearance, California DOJ clearance for firearms, and valid driver’s license.

Prerequisites for entry into Module I: Successful completion of Module III and Module II, current (within last 3 years) in PC 832 Arrest and Firearms training requirements, passage of the POST-constructed Comprehensive Module II End-of-Course Proficiency Test within the preceding 12 months, medical clearance, California DOJ clearance for firearms, and valid driver’s license.

 

For more information about our application process, click here.

For information about deadlines and testing, click here.

Click here to check out the Palomar College Police Academy Video [42 MB; Windows Media Player Format (wmv) for Macs you may need Flip4Mac to view this .wmv]

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To contact the Police Academy:
email icon Email: policeacademy@palomar.edu

phone icon Phone: 760.744.1150 x1723

Palomar Community College District • 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA 92069 • 760.744.1150

Copyright © 2007 Palomar College, Palomar College Police Academy. No person shall, on the grounds of sex, race, color, national origin, or handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under this program.
Funding provided by Carl D. Perkins, Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006 Copyright© 2006. All rights reserved.

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Last modified on 03/18/2016