I want to become a police officer.  What type of training is required?
Police Academy I (AJ-41) and Police Academy II (AJ-42)

These classes listed below will assist you, but are not requirements before entering the academy.

AJ110 Ethics and the Administration of Justice
AJ111 Introduction to Administration of Justice (Online)
AJ151 Concepts of Criminal Law
AJ156 Legal Aspects of Evidence (Online)
AJ161 Principles and Procedures of the Justice System  or   AJ252 Constitutional Law
AJ167 Written Communication in AoJ
AJ181 Juvenile Procedures
AJ188 Community Relations (Online).

Make Law Enforcement classes a priority over general education classes as you start working towards a degree or certificate of completion.  Taking Law Enforcement class will help you get a job faster than general education classes will.  Law Enforcement officers do not necessarily need a degree to get hired.

Most Law Enforcement  departments require officers to be certified by a POST accredited academy.  This academy will meet the requirements to become a lateral officer.

I want to become a police officer.  How do I get some experience?
In order to gain some training and experience you can also join a cadet program if you are age 16-21.

How do I get a job as a police officer?
Law Enforcement Agencies are hiring throughout the state.  Just log on to any web page and obtain information about the position and the minimum qualifications and then accept applications during a specific time period.  Along with submitting an application, the qualified candidates usually take a written test, and a physical abilities test.  They often also have to pass interviews, a physical exam and a background check.  The physical requirements of the academy will prepare you for the  testing process when applying for a law enforcement job.

Do I need a degree in criminal justice before I can get a job?

Not necessarily. Law enforcement  officers frequently get hired before they complete the academy certificate or degree.  Many departments are looking at a combination of education, POST academy certification, clean backgrounds, ethics, morals and professionalism. 

How do I get a Police Academy POST Basic Course Certificate?
Attend a law enforcement POST certified academy either at a college or an agency  department specific academy.   (Usually requires application, background check  and hiring by the agency before attending the agency department specific).

San Diego Law Enforcement Agencies bring many personal rewards including camaraderie, personal growth and stability.  Most importantly, you will be making a significant contribution to your community everyday. You will be "providing the highest quality public safety services".

I am an active-duty military or separated from active-duty, can I use my Tuition Assistance or Montgomery GI Bill® to pay for the Police Academy Training Fees?
Navy Tuition Assistance is available to all active-duty personnel to assist students in paying for their educational programs of study.

You may be eligible to receive the MGIB – AD benefits while you are on active duty or after you are separated from active duty.  It is important that you contact the Veterans Office (619) 482-6324 or stop by there office (S208) to see if you are eligible for benefits right way.

NOTE: Each branch of the service has its own tuition assistance program and policies.  Students should contact their military education advisors for specific information and policy updates for their branch of the services.

Is there Financial Aid Available for the Police Academy Cost?
Qualifying students may be eligible for student financial aid by contacting the Financial Aid at (619) 482-6357 or the college web site at www.swccd.edu

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.