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The Palomar College Police Academy requires that all applicants obtain, complete, and submit the following documents and complete the testing and exams listed below:

  1. Application: All applicants must obtain and submit a Police Academy application. Applications must be neat, thorough, and must be turned in at the Public Safety Training Center.  Applications may be submitted no earlier than 4 months before the application deadline. Applications can be downloaded from this website by clicking here. To pick up an application in person, visit the Palomar College Public Safety Training Center at:

182 Santar Place
San Marcos, CA 92069
Mon-Fri, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (excluding holidays)
Click here for map

  1. Felony/Drug/Misdemeanor Disclaimer: All applicants must complete a Felony/Drug/Misdemeanor disclaimer to be considered for admission. All applicants must read and submit the Felony/Drug/Misdemeanor disclaimer with academy application. The disclaimer can be downloaded as part of the academy application from the application web page or by clicking here

  2. Academic, Mental and Physical Testing: The academy application process involves intense academic, mental and physical competition. Applicants who correctly submit the academy application and disclaimer will be invited to attend the academic, mental and physical testing phase. Testing location and times can be found at the academy dates web page, or by clicking here. Applicants who successfully complete the battery of tests will be issued a final score. The police academy will apply this final score to select qualified candidates.
      

  3. Satisfactorily complete a police academy oral interview.
     

  4. Possess a high school diploma or equivalent, or a passing score on the General Education Development test (GED). (GC 1031 (E)).
     

  5. Be a minimum of 18 years of age. (NOTE: A limited number of agencies consider applicants under 21 years of age). (GC 1031 (B)).
     

  6. Take a college English assessment test and be eligible for English 50, or completion of a similar, equivalent college course. 
     

  7. Be able to read, write, and speak English consistent with the duties of a police officer. Eligibility is determined by successful completion of an essay in a controlled environment.
     

  8. Pass a physical agility test (see below for additional information) NOTE: Applicants must score a minimum of 384 points

    Physical Agility Test Details:

    • 99-yard simulated suspect chase (timed sprint/run)
    • 165 lb. dummy drag of 32 ft.
    • Scale 6 ft. wood fence
    • Scale 6 ft. chain link fence
    • One mile run in less than 12 minutes (first 500 yd score applied toward the minimum passing score of 384) 
    • The total run time is graded as pass/fail
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  9. Possess, without restrictions, a valid California driver license or valid out of state license, if active duty military.
     

  10. 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.
     

  11. Be satisfactorily fingerprinted (NOTE: A background check of local, state, and federal records will be conducted on all applicants). (GC 1030 & 1031 (C)).
     

  12. Not have been convicted of a Felony, and certain misdemeanors, in any state. (PC 12021 / 12021.1).

* Requirements established by the California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)

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.

 
 

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