Dates and Deadlines

Academy Class 26 will begin in January 2017, starting with Module III.  See the important dates and deadlines detailed below.  Modules are completed in descending order (Module III, then  Module II, then Module I).


Application Deadlines for Class 26

  • Day/Date:
    • Module III:  Friday, 09/30/16 at 5:00 pm
    • Module II:  Friday, 01/06/17 at 5:00 pm
    • Module I:  Friday, 03/31/17 at 5:00 pm
  • Location: Public Safety Training Center
  • Address: 182 Santar Place, San Marcos, CA 92069 (Police Academy building)
  • Map: PSTC
  • Click here to download an academy application
  • Applications should be secured in an manila envelope labeled “Police Academy” and turned in to the application drop box at the front desk of the Police Academy (which share a lobby with the San Marcos Sheriff’s station) or mailed to Palomar College Police Academy, Attention: Detective Barnes, 182 Santar Place, San Marcos, CA 92069.  See the application packet for further details.

The testing process for the police academy has been revised.  There will no longer be a written examination or Physical Agility Test (PAT).  Each applicant will undergo an interview with academy staff.

Academy Oral Interviews for Class 26

  • Day/Date: Will be scheduled individually with each applicant
    • Module III:  10/01/16 – 10/15/16
    • Module II:  01/07/17 – 01/13/17
    • Module I:  04/03/17 – 04/15/17
  • Location: Public Safety Training Center
  • Address: 182 Santar Place, San Marcos, CA 92069 (Police Academy building)
  • Map: PSTC
  • Applicants will be assigned an oral interview date and time after an application is submitted. Applicants who fail to confirm their respective interview date, who fail to be on time, or who fail to show up, shall automatically be disqualified. Applicants are expected to wear business attire (suit & tie) for the interview. Further information about the interview will be provided to applicants following receipt of their academy application.

    The most qualified applicants will be accepted into the Palomar College Police Academy Program and space will be limited.

Academy Acceptance Notification Dates for Class 26  (sent via email)

  • Day/Date:
    • Module III:  No later than 10/17/16
    • Module II:  No later than 01/14/17
    • Module I:  No later than 04/17/17

Note: All applicants will be interviewed prior to any final determinations of acceptance.

Mandatory Academy Orientation for Police Academy Class 26

  • Day/Date:
    • Module III:  Sunday, 11/13/16
    • Module II:  Saturday, 1/21/17
    • Module I:  Sunday, 05/07/17
  • Time: 8:00 am -5:00 pm
  • Location: Public Safety Training Center
  • Address: 184 Santar Place, San Marcos, CA 92069 (building in front of fire tower)
  • Map: PSTC

Note: The first portion of Academy fees will be due on Orientation Day

Academy Class 26 Start Date  

  • Module III:  Tuesday, 01/03/17
  • Module II:  Saturday, 03/04/17
  • Module I:  Tuesday, 06/27/17

General Academy Schedule

  • All academy classes, regardless of academy number, are conducted on the scheduled days and times listed below.
Day** Hours
Tuesday 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm*
Wednesday 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm*
Thursday 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm*
Saturday 6:00 am –  5:00 pm*

* Recruits should plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to the start of class.

 **Courses may occasionally last until 11 pm on weeknights and may be conducted on some Sundays due to facility availability, etc.  Recruits will be notified of any changes in the academy schedule in advance.

Map (click link to view):

Last modified on 07/06/2016