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Palomar College Police Academy

Public Safety Training Center, San Marcos, CA



Welcome to Palomar College Police Academy!

“Professionalism Through Training”

As a dually accredited program, the Palomar College Police Academy is the best choice for future law enforcement professionals. The Basic Police Academy Program is certified by the California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) and recognized by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

All academy staff are recognized law enforcement professionals and current subject matter experts.  As full-time law enforcement officers and acting deputy district attorneys, academy instructors & staff continuously develop and refine the training and curriculum that is critical to the future success of Palomar College Police Academy Recruits and graduates. 

Our program is a modular format, which allows recruits to either complete the entire year of training or to attend in modules. Modules are completed in descending order: Module III, then Module II, and then Module I. 

For more information about this format,  click here.

Police Academy News:

Palomar College Police Academy is proud to announce we were recognized by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office as a 2018 Strong Workforce Gold Star Program as a career technical education program with outstanding post-college outcomes in employment, earnings gains, and regional living wages. To learn more, click here.

The next Police Academy (Class 28) begins in January 2019 starting with Module III.

We are no longer accepting applications for Module III or II.

Module I applications will begin being accepted on 01/14/19 for those who have already completed Module III & II programs.

To download the application for the 2019 Academy, click here.

Click here to check the dates and deadlines of upcoming academy modules.

Any academy training program offered is with the approval of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

Program Information | Dates and Deadlines | Cost and Fees | Resources

Training is conducted at the Public Safety Training Center located at 182 and 184 Santar Place in San Marcos, CA. This facility is fully equipped with law enforcement and general public safety equipment and classrooms.

Program Information

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.

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. A recruit could complete Modules III and II at another facility and then take Module I at Palomar College.

Course Info

Students must contact the Palomar College Admissions Office and/or Counseling Office to verify eligibility for the Associate’s Degree program.

Dates and Deadlines

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

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

Start dates of any academy training program are with the approval of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

Application Deadlines for Class 28 (2019 Academy)
  • Application Deadlines for Class 28 (2019 Academy)

    • Day/Date:
      • Module III or Full Year:  Application period closed
      • Module II: Application period closed
      • Module I:  Friday, April 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm [Applications will begin to be accepted on 01/14/19]
    • 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, Attention: Coordinator 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: Coordinator 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.]

Relevant dates for accepted applications are as follows:

Academy Physical Agility Test (PAT) and Written Examination for 2019 Academy (Mandatory)
    • Day/Date:
      • Module III: Saturday, September 29, 2018
      • Module II:  Saturday, January 12, 2019
      • Module I:  Saturday, April 13, 2019
    • Time: 8:00 am
    • Location: Public Safety Training Center
    • Address: 184 Santar Place, San Marcos, CA 92069 (PSTC Training building where fire tower is located)

     The Police Academy’s Physical Agility Test consists of five separately scored exercises. These five exercises include:

    1. 99 yard simulated suspect foot chase
    2. 165 lb. Dummy drag of 32 feet
    3. Scaling a 6-foot wood fence
    4. Scaling a 6-foot chain link fence
    5. 500 yard run
Academy Oral Interviews for 2019 Academy
  • Day/Date: Will be scheduled individually with each applicant on the day of the Physical Agility Test & Written Examination
    • Module III:  Between October 2 – 11, 2018
    • Module II: Between January 14 – 15, 2019
    • Module I: Between April 16 – 20, 2019
  • 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 2019 Academy (sent via email)
  • Day/Date:
    • Module III:  October 17, 2018
    • Module II:  January 15, 2019
    • Module I:  April 23, 2019

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

Mandatory Academy Orientation for Police Academy Class 28 (2019 Academy*)

*This is restricted for those recruits already accepted into the program

  • Day/Date:
    • Module III: Saturday, November 3, 2018
    • Module II: Saturday, January 19, 2019
    • Module I:  Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • 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 immediately following Orientation Day

Academy Class 28 Start Dates (2019 Academy)
  • Module III: Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Module II: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Module I:  Saturday, June 29, 2019

Cost and Fees

The costs and fees associated with the Palomar College Police Academy are distributed according to the respective module of instruction.  Due to changes in the availability of service(s), product(s), and other non-specific & expendable items, the Palomar College Police Academy cannot guarantee the accuracy of the cost data. The Palomar College Police Academy is not responsible for changes to published, unpublished, and/or distributed materials associated with academy activities. All tuition prices are based on $46.00 per unit for in-state residents. Tuition prices are higher for out-of-state residents. Current active duty military and non-active or retired U.S. armed forces veterans should contact the Palomar College Veterans Services Office for specific information on GI Bill, tuition assistance and other veteran support programs.

Cost and Fees Data

*NOTE: All fees are approximate and are subject to change. Fees are due prior to the start of each module. Further details and specific dates will be provided to recruits accepted into the Police Academy program.

**NOTE: Students should plan for extra incidental costs such as transportation expenses, school supplies, uniform/gear maintenance, dry cleaning, etc.

Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. Contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information at 760-744-1150 ext 2366.