Palomar College Police Academy

Public Safety Training Center, San Marcos, CA

Dates and Deadlines

Modules are completed in descending order (Module III, then  Module II, then Module I).

The next Police Academy (Class 27) will begin in January 2018, starting with Module III.  Dates, deadlines and applications will be posted in May 2017. 

We hold one academy class per year, which always begins in January starting with Module III.  If completing the entire program (Modules III, II and I), the course is completed in mid-December each year.

Application Deadlines for Class 27

  • Day/Date:
    • Module III:  TBA
      • Note: The next Module III will begin in January 2018.  Dates, deadlines and applications will be posted in May 2017.
    • Module II:  TBA
      • Note: The next Module II will begin in March 2018.  Dates, deadlines and applications will be posted in May 2017.
    • Module I:  TBA
      • Note: The next Module I will begin in June 2018.  Dates, deadlines and applications will be posted in May 2017.
  • Location: Public Safety Training Center
  • Address: 182 Santar Place, San Marcos, CA 92069 (Police Academy  administration building)
  • Click here to download an academy application.
  • Applications should be secured in an manila envelope labeled “Police Academy, Attn: Detective Barnes” and turned in to the application drop box at the front desk of the Police Academy administration building (which shares 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.  [Note: Do not leave any paperwork with front desk staff for the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.]

Each applicant will undergo an interview with academy staff as a part of our testing process.

Module I of the 2017 Police Academy will begin in June 2017.  The application period is closed.  Relevant dates for accepted applications are as follows:

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 administration building)
  • 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 10/18/16
    • 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 (PSTC Training building in front of fire tower)

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 must plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to the start of class.

 **Courses may have adjusted hours or may be conducted on some Sundays due to facility availability, etc.  Recruits will be notified of any changes in the academy schedule in advance.

Last modified on 04/03/2017