Check website often for updates, as the academy
will not be in session in fall 2014 / spring 2015.
NEXT ACADEMY STARTS (Class 34):
Orientation dress code:
Pants or slacks and
closed toe shoes. Do not wear tank tops, shorts, skirts,
clothing with holes or that is torn, or flip flops. Dress casual, but
professional. Jeans are ok.
Level III: TBD (class 34) Section # 176 hours
class 34 TBD 257 hours
(must have completed AOJ 103 or a Module III course at another
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
Application to Grossmont College must be filled out online at
We highly recommend that you take the English
for background packets
will be accepted starting
July TBD, 2015, however, due to new
DOJ regulations, packets will not be
mailed until mid July.
Last date to request a packet will be
Aug. TBD, 2015.
Email Kathy Sentz
after July TBD, to
get your background packet! Packets must be
requested by Aug. TBD to insure DOJ clearance for firearms
Please put "background packet -
PA" in the subject line. You must include your mailing address, phone
number and student ID number in the email request. Include
apt. or suite numbers, and zip-code. Packets cannot be emailed.
If you request a packet after Aug. TBD, we cannot guarantee the DOJ
results will be received before
Sept. TBD. You cannot be
admitted to the academy until the results are on file with the
college prior to the
start of the academy. Grossmont College will not be liable for
any costs incurred by you. You must have a valid driver's
license & insurance to attend the police academy.
*****Due to ammo
shortages, it is recommended you start purchasing ammo now. 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.
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
Sheep Dog Ammo
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!
These courses are POST* certified. They are offered
Tues/Thurs, evenings from 6:00 - 10:00pm and on Saturdays 8 - 5pm in
the fall, and Tues /Thurs evenings 5:45 -10:00 and Saturdays
7:45-5:00 in the spring. Some Saturdays will meet at 6:45 both
semesters for firearms training. There may be some Monday and
Wednesday night and Sunday day classes for firearms remediation.
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, just your "leather gear", and
other related equipment. Cost will depend on which brands you
purchase and the ammo. Please note ammo costs are continuing
We have an "extended format" Modular Police Academy, which
includes Module III and Module II.
There are Three Levels in Calif. 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. See
this link to POST
for details of the various levels. Since we
DO NOT offer the Module I block of
training, you will have to apply to an instructional presenter that
offers Module I training if you wish to receive the Module I
Southwestern College will not offer a Module I academy in the next
year. You will need to attend a Module I academy in another
county to complete the academy training for a full-time peace
officer in the modular format. You must pass a written
entrance and physical training exam. You should be in good
physical condition, being able to run at least 3 miles per day and
perform at least 50 push-ups at one time. You should be able
to do pull-ups and be able to get over the 6ft wall. Those
interested in attending Level I would have to travel to Riverside or
Palm Desert to get the Module I modular training.
Many full-time police officers got their start as Reserve
officers! We also offer 832 P.C. training. See link on home page for
more info on this course. (NOTE: Due to budget cuts, course is
not being offered at this time)
*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 or Domestic
Violence convictions! You are not eligible if you even have a TRO
(Temporary Restraining Order) relating to weapons, assaults or
Cadets are expected to meet the POST requirements for being hired
as a police officer. Drug convictions, a history of drug abuse,
credit problems, driving records, domestic violence and assault
cases, even misdemeanors, may prohibit you from being
employed as a police officer or possessing firearms!
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.
Selection process standards from POST website:
Table 1: PEACE OFFICER SELECTION REQUIREMENTS
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.
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
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 (VC§2267)
Graduation from US high school or
2-year, 4-year, or advanced degree from
an accredited college or university will meet this
Some agencies require college units
and/or a college degree
Reading and Writing Ability Assessment
Assessment of reading and writing
Agencies may use the POST Entry-Level
Law Enforcement Test Battery or other assessment of
reading and writing ability
Commission Regulation 9051
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
Check is to reveal any criminal records.
Felony convictions and some specific misdemeanors will
disqualify a candidate.
GC §§1029, 1030 and 1031(c);
18 USC 922(d)(9)
Thorough background based on
applicant’s personal history statement/questionnaire
Ensures the applicant is of good moral
Medical and Psychological Evaluations
Evaluations conducted by licensed
physicians and/or psychologists employed by the hiring
Ensures applicant is free from any
physical, emotional, or mental condition that might
adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace