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Police Academy

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The Police Academy (AOJ 103) is offered every fall of odd-numbered years.  Course offerings are subject to change, so check website often for updates.

Police Academy


September 2017 (Module III)

MANDATORY ORIENTATION (Module III only)! TBD 2017, 9:00am-5:00pm, Room 31-361

Orientation dress code: Professional attire only. 

Module III (AOJ 103): TBD (class 35) Section # TBD, 176 hours.
*If you are considering taking PC 832, Laws of Arrest, you may want to consider enrolling in Module III. Module III includes all of the PC 832 curriculum and also includes, driving, 1st Aid / CPR, Impact Weapons and Chemical Agents training.  

Module II (AOJ 104): Jan. - May (class 34), 257 hours (must have completed AOJ 103 or a Module III course at another facility).  Jan. 7 - May 12, 2016

Total for Module III & II = 433 hours

You must pay all tuition immediately or you will be dropped from the course. This may not apply to VA or Financial Aid applicants. Contact your counselor for verification. If you are dropped, you are not given priority to re-enroll.


How to Apply:

1.  Application to Grossmont College must be filled out online at  We highly recommend that you take the English Assessment Test. You may start this process now.

2. Download background packet.  Download this Police Academy Packet. Due to DOJ date sensitivity, please follow all instructions carefully.  

3.  You may not register for this course until the DOJ results are received by the college, even if your registration date has arrived. Once you complete the background / DOJ packet, please submit your fingerprints as soon as you can. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Sentz directly. Grossmont College will not be liable for any costs incurred by you if you are unable to attend due to late submissions or if you are denied by DOJ.

Open office hours for background packet submission are: Tues. & Thurs., 1-3pm, room 31-360. Other hours are available by appointment only. Call 619-644-7323 to set up an appointment if the open hours are not convenient or email Kathy Sentz.

The AOJ office will be closed the following days / holidays:

  • Nov. 11, 26-29
  • Dec. 15, 21 - 31
  • Jan. 1, 2016

Last date to turn in packet will be December 14, 2015.  DOJ Fingerprint Clearance should be completed ASAP to ensure results arrive by January 6, 2016.

Email Kathy Sentz or 619-644-7323 if you have any questions. Packets must be downloaded by Dec. 14, to insure DOJ clearance for firearms training. However, the earlier you submit the DOJ request, the quicker we can process your academy application.

Grossmont College will not be liable for any costs incurred by you. You must have a valid California driver's license & insurance to attend the police academy.  Military personnel are not exempt from having a California driver's license to attend the academy.

4.  Once your background clearance is received in our office from DOJ, you will be notified, via email from Kathy Sentz, that you have been cleared for registration.  

5.  Once you are registered you should consider purchasing ammo:
*Due to ammo shortages.  You are responsible for all ammo in the academy. If you are shooting the college weapon, you
cannot purchase lead ammo. The gun show will be in town before the academy starts, so you may try there. For Module III, you will need 450 rounds of .40 caliber if using the college weapon, or 450 rounds of your caliber of weapon (for both modules) if using your own. You must have 100 rounds of ammo on the first day of training. For Module II you will need 550 rounds .40 and 75 rounds of #4 Buckshot, 10 rounds slug, and 100 rounds birdshot (must have 50 rounds of birdshot ammo on first day). All shotgun ammo is 2 3/4. You will need a total of 65, B-27 Standard Targets for both Module III & II.  You must have at least 5 targets first day of Module III.

Del Mar Gun Show
Discount Gun Mart
El Cajon Gun Exchange

Online ammo sources:

Bull Run Arms
Ammunition Planet
Gun Broker
Gun Auction- Click on "all categories", "Ammo for shooting"

You may purchase remanufactured ammo as long as it is copper jacketed. No home reloads and no lead ammo!

6. Information about our Academy:
Attend orientation on TBD (Module III only), at 9:00am, room 31-361.

These courses are POST* certified. They are offered Tues/Thurs, evenings from 5:45 - 10:00pm and on Saturdays 7:45am - 5pm in the fall and spring semesters. Some Saturdays will meet at 6:45am both semesters for firearms training. There may be some Monday and Wednesday nights and Sunday day classes. Advance notice will be given for these events, and are mandatory.

The Academy is "paramilitary" in structure and uniforms, etc., are required. The estimated cost is between $3000 - $5000 for the entire academy. This includes uniforms, registration and books. You do NOT need to purchase your own weapon, only your "leather gear", and other related equipment. Cost will depend on which brands you purchase and the ammo. Please note ammo costs are continuing to increase.

The academy certificates are only valid for three years from the Module III certification date, unless you are sworn in either as a reserve officer or as full-time sworn officer or deputy.  This is why there is a recommended starting age of 20.5 years of age for the academy.

We have an "extended format" Modular Police Academy, which includes Module III and Module II.

There are three Levels in California for Reserves, with Level I being the "highest." Levels actually relate to the type of duties or assignments one can perform while "on-duty" as a Reserve Officer. Reserves are generally "volunteer" positions.

The completion of a Module I academy is the equivalent of a Regular Basic Course, which qualifies you for employment as a sworn peace officer. See this link to POST for details of the various levels. Since Grossmont College DOES NOT offer the Module I block of training, you will have to apply to an instructional presenter (college) that offers Module I training if you wish to receive the Module I certification.  

If our academy doesn't fit your needs and schedule, please visit Southwestern College (SWC), Miramar College or Palomar College's websites.

Southwestern College currently offers an extended format Regular Basic Course (RBC)- nights and weekends.

Miramar College currently offers an intensive format RBC - daily, Mon. - Fri.

Palomar College to offer Module I Academy:
For more information on attending Palomar College please click on the link below:

Application information and deadlines, please click on the link below:

Entrance to a Module I academy:

You must pass a written entrance and physical abilities exam. You should be in good physical condition, be able to run at least 3 miles per day and perform at least 50 push-ups at one time. You should also be able to do pull-ups and be able to get over the 6ft wall and fence. 
POST Module III Certificate in good standing, successful completion of the Module II POST End-of-Course Proficiency Exam within 12 months. 

*California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.


Academy applicants MUST NOT have any FELONY CONVICTIONS! In addition, you cannot have any Drug, Weapons, Assault, Domestic Violence convictions or previous psychological holds! You are not eligible if you even have a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) relating to weapons, assaults or domestic violence!  Your background with DOJ will not clear if you have any of  these in your background.

Cadets are expected to meet the POST requirements for being hired as a police officer. The following may be a disqualifier for employment:

  • drug convictions
  • drug abuse
  • credit problems
  • bad driving record
  • domestic violence and assault convictions, even misdemeanors, may prohibit you from being employed as a peace officer or possessing a firearm!

Please note: The state average is only 8 out of 100 applicants will pass backgrounds, with many agencies reporting lower results. Lying is the number one reason why candidates fail the backgrounds selections process.

How to Become a Police Officer - How-to-Guide

Selection process standards from POST website:


The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) sets minimum selection standards for California peace officers employed by POST-participating agencies. These minimum requirements are pursuant to Government Code (GC) Sections 1029, 1030, and 1031, and Commission Regulations 9050-9055. Agencies may choose additional assessments (e.g., physical ability and detection of deception/polygraph examinations) and/or higher standards.

Selection Standard

Minimum Requirement




18 (NOTE: certificate expires in 3 years, so you must recertify if not hired or appointed as a reserve)

Some agencies set the standard higher (e.g. 21)



US citizen or

permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship (NOTE: you must provide verification of application)

CHP officers must be US citizens at time of appointment (VC2267)



Graduation from US high school or equivalent

2-year, 4-year, or advanced degree from an accredited college or university will meet this requirement [GC1031(e)]

Some agencies require college units and/or a college degree


Reading and Writing Ability Assessment

Assessment of reading and writing ability

Agencies may use the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery or other assessment of reading and writing ability

Commission Regulation 9051

Oral Interview

Assessment of oral communication skills and other factors

Takes place prior to appointment

Commission Regulation 9052

No Felony Convictions; Fingerprint and Criminal History Check

Fingerprints sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Check is to reveal any criminal records. Felony convictions and some specific misdemeanors will disqualify a candidate.

GC 1029, 1030 and 1031(c); PC12021(c):

18 USC 922(d)(9)

Background Investigation

Thorough background based on applicant's personal history statement/questionnaire

Ensures the applicant is of good moral character


Medical and Psychological Evaluations

Evaluations conducted by licensed physicians and/or psychologists employed by the hiring department

Ensures applicant is free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer


AOJ Degree Information:

Note:  if you have completed a Regular Basic Course (RBC) Police Academy or a Module I Police academy, you may be eligible to receive credit for AOJ 120, 122, 128, 206 and 230.

You might also be able to take AOJ 214 and 215 if currently working in law enforcement. Contact the AOJ office for more details: 619-644-7323 or

Last Updated: 05/05/2016
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