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Public Safety Training Center, San Marcos, CA

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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 Module I (Class 28) begins in June 2019.  To be eligible, prior completion of Modules III and II are required.

To complete the application for the 2019 Module I Academy, click here. The application deadline is Friday, April 5, 2019.

Class 29 will begin in January 2020 with Module III.  Applications will be accepted beginning in June 2019.

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

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 Information

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):
  • Module III or Full Year:  Application period closed
  • Module II: Application period closed
  • Module I:  Friday, April 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm [Applications  being accepted now]|

Applications  now accepted online - click here.

Looking for information about our 2020 Academy? Class 29 will begin in January 2020 with Module III.  Applications will be accepted beginning in June 2019. Check back to our website in May 2019 for dates and deadlines.


Relevant dates for accepted applications are as follows:

Academy Physical Agility Test (PAT) and Written Examination for 2019 Academy (Mandatory):
  • Module I:  Saturday, April 13, 2019

Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Public Safety Training Center
Address: 184 Santar Place, San Marcos, CA 92069 (PSTC Training building where fire tower is located)

*Dates for PAT Practice Sessions
Practice sessions are designed for applicants to become familiar with the testing components and to practice the PAT prior to the actual testing date. It is strongly recommended to attend at least one practice session if an applicant has not previously participated in a PAT. [You may attend a practice session before submitting your application]

Dates:

  • Future practice session dates to be announced in May 2019

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 including:

  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 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):
  • 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

  • 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

 

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.

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.