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Police Academy

21st Academy

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Check website often for updates, as the academy will not be in session in fall 2014 / spring 2015.


September 2015


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

Level II:    class 34 TBD     257 hours (must have completed AOJ 103 or a Module III course at another facility)

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.

Application to Grossmont College must be filled out online at   We highly recommend that you take the English Assessment Test. 

****Requests 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 training. 

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
Ammunition Planet
Sheep Dog Ammo
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!

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 to increase.

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 certification.

UPDATE!  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 domestic violence!

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:



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 applicants 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










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