Police Academy Training Program

Sign Up Now!  3-hour Police Recruit Workshop

Thursday, March 5, 2020:  start time 5:30pm, end time 8:30pm. This workshop is free of charge to the public.  Attendees must be 18 years or older to attend.  The workshop is designed for applicants that are interested in pursing a law enforcement career.  Attendees will learn what it takes to become a police officer and how to better prepare for the testing, selection process and police academy program at Southwestern College.  

Sign up by emailing swcpoliceacademy@swccd.ed or calling (619) 482-6462.  Deadline to sign up for this free course is March 2, 2020 at 4:00pm


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Southwestern Community College/Police Academy/Otay Mesa HEC
8100 Gigantic Street, Rm. 4315
San Diego, CA 92154

Office Hours: Monday - Friday  (7:30am to 4:00pm) - Days/Times are subject to change.
Phone: (619) 482-6462
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Mission Statement

“The Basic Police Academy Training program strives to prepare students mentally, morally and physically to advance into a field training program, assume the responsibilities and execute the duties of a peace officer in society. The Mission of the academy is to provide training and testing that ensures each student graduates with the demonstrated character, knowledge, problem-solving abilities, human relations, communication and physical skills necessary to meet the professional standards required of a peace officer.”

About Us

If you have considered becoming a peace officer, you realize how competitive the process is.  Generally, from each one hundred people without experience, who test, only about five are ever hired as peace officers.  Many Smaller Agencies do not hire people without prior training or law enforcement experience.

The Southwestern College Police Academy offers the opportunity to train part-time, so education is gained and you, as a peace office candidate, will qualify as a “lateral entry” candidate with the basic academy certificate.  The Southwestern College Police Academy is fully sanctioned by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) California.

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The Police Academy is a Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Certificated Training Academy for California law enforcement.  It meets the basic requirement for employment as a municipal, county and state law enforcement officer.  State law requires completion of a POST-Certified Basic Course for lateral-entry level employment in law enforcement.  The Police Academy is made up of two phases (two semesters), which requires 10-1/2 months to complete.  (AJ 41– Police Academy I = 12.5 Units and AJ 42 – Police Academy II = 12.5 Units)


  • Evening program, class meet Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1800-2200, plus Saturdays 0800-1700
  • Prerequisites to apply for AJ 41-Police Academy I: High School Diploma/GED, No Felony Convictions, Valid CA Driver License, College GPA 2.0 or higher, College Placement Test: English 114, Reading 158 or Proficiency, Math 35 
  • Prerequisite to apply for AJ 42; completion of AJ 41-Police Academy I, before enrolling in AJ 42-Police Academy II)

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