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"Professionalism Through Training"

Police Academy Class 32 will begin in January 2023.

We are now accepting applications  Apply now! 

Public Safety Programs is now offering the POST-Certified 40-hour PC 832 Arrest Course. 
Click here for details.

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 Peace 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. To view our brochure, click here.

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.

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 begins in January with the mandatory Police Academy Preparation Course. 
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).

We are now accepting applications for the 2023 Academy class.  Apply now!


Application Deadlines for Class 32 (2023 Academy):
  • Module III or Full Year:  Friday, October 7, 2022 at 11:00 pm
  • Module II: Friday, February 10, 2023 at 11:00 pm (applications will be accepted starting in December 2022)
  • Module I: Friday, May 12, 2023 at 11:00 pm (applications will be accepted starting in March 2023)

Relevant dates for accepted applications are as follows:

Academy Physical Agility Test (PAT) and Written Examination for 2023 Academy (Mandatory):
  • Module III/Full Year: Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 5:30 pm & Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 2:30 pm (applicants will be provided a link to sign up for a test session)
  • Module II: To be announced
  • Module I: To be announced

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 before 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 and may attend more than one session.]

Dates:

  • Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 8:00 am
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 6:00 pm
Click here to sign up for a PAT Practice Session

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 2023 Academy:

Day/Date: Will be scheduled individually with each applicant following the Physical Agility Test & Written Examination

  • Module III/Full Year: October 19 - 29, 2022
  • Module II: To be announced
  • Module I: To be announced

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.  Applicants who fail to be on time, or who fail to show up, shall automatically be disqualified. Applicants are expected to wear business attire (suit) for the interview.

Further information about the interview will be provided to applicants following receipt of their academy application.  Acceptance decisions will be sent via e-mail once the testing process is completed.

The most qualified applicants will be accepted into the Palomar College Police Academy Program and space will be limited to 45 recruits.


Mandatory Academy Preparation Course for Police Academy Class 32 (2022 Academy*):

*This is restricted to those recruits accepted into the program

There is a mandatory Police Academy Preparation Course that is required for all accepted recruits.  This course begins January 7, 2023.  Details will be provided during the testing process.

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  the  start of the Police Academy Preparation Course.


Academy Class 32 Start Dates (2023 Academy):
  • Police Academy Preparation Course: Saturday, January 7, 2023
  • Module III: Saturday, February 4, 2023
  • Module II: Thursday, April 13, 2023
  • Module I: Tuesday, July 11, 2023

The Police Academy Preparation Course will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for 4 weeks prior to the start of the academy.   When the academy begins, recruits will attend training with the following schedule:

Day** Hours
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm*
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm*
Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm*
Saturday 8:00 am -  5:00 pm*

* Recruits must arrive 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.