Applications shall be submitted online through this website (see link below). Applications must include all required documents, as specified in the application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
The academy modules are completed in descending order: Module III is first, followed by Module II, then Module I. Recruits must successfully complete the preceding module to apply for or to continue into the next module. If you are accepted into Module III and wish to attend the full year-long academy program, you are guaranteed a seat for the entire year.
We are no longer accepting applications for Module III/Full Year of Class 31, which begins in January 2022.
If you have already completed Module III or II, please check our Dates and Deadlines section on our home page for relevant dates to apply to Module II or I for Class 31.
Applications will be accepted for a designated time period. When the application is received, it will be reviewed for completeness. A confirmation e-mail will then be sent to the applicant. Further instructions will be sent to applicants via e-mail once an application is submitted.
For more information about the modular format program, click here.
The Palomar College Police Academy requires that all applicants meet the minimum eligibility requirements. Applicants must obtain, complete, and submit the following documents and complete the process listed below:
- Eligibility Requirements: To submit an application, candidates must meet the following requirements (Established by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST):
- Possess a high school diploma or equivalent, or a passing score on the General Education Development test (GED) [GC 1031 (E)]
- Be a minimum of 18 years of age. (NOTE: A limited number of agencies consider applicants under 21 years of age – it is strongly recommended to not attend the academy until at least age 20) [GC 1031 (B)]
- Be able to read, write, and speak English consistent with the duties of a police officer. Eligibility may be determined by the successful completion of a written exam in a controlled environment.
- Possess a valid California driver license, or if active military, possess a valid out of state driver license
- Not have been convicted of a felony, and certain misdemeanors, in any state. [PC 29800/ 29805]
- Not be on active supervision through the court or other supervising agency for a criminal conviction.
- If not already registered as a student at Palomar College, complete a Palomar College student application online (www2.palomar.edu) and obtain a 9-digit student identification number
- Application: All applicants must submit a Police Academy application. Applications must be neat, thorough, and submitted online through our application link. Applications may be submitted during the application acceptance period only. Early or late submissions will not be considered.
- Testing Process: Applicants who correctly submit the academy application will be invited to attend a Physical Agility Test (PAT), written examination, and an oral interview with Academy staff. Agency-sponsored applicants will be given preference for available seats in the training program.
- Requirements following Acceptance: Upon conditional acceptance into the academy training program, applicants must also complete the following requirements:
- Be satisfactorily fingerprinted to obtain a DOJ Firearms Clearance (NOTE: A background check of local, state, and federal records will be conducted on all applicants) [GC 1030 & 1031 (C)]
- Be medically cleared by a physician to participate in both a demanding and dynamic physical conditioning program. Students shall be responsible for providing evidence of such evaluation or exam (the form will be provided following acceptance into the academy)
- Module II and Module I applicants must meet the modular prerequisites regarding completion of prior Modules and current certifications
- Attend the mandatory three-part Academy Orientation
- Pay all required fees or purchase required equipment by the designated deadlines
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS OR FAILURE TO SUBMIT A NEAT, THOROUGH, AND COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKET MAY AFFECT YOUR ACCEPTANCE INTO THE POLICE ACADEMY.