Police Academy Training Program

Police Recruit Workshop

Who should attend?  The workshop is designed for applicants that are interested in pursuing a law enforcement career.  Attendees will learn what it takes to become a police officer and how to better prepare for testing, selection process and the police academy program. This workshop is free and open to the public (must be 18 years of age or older with a valid California ID).

  • Topics will include:  Application process, testing preparation, oral presentations and Q&A at end of the workshop.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, September 19, 2024 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Location: Southwestern College Higher Education Center Otay Mesa, 8100 Gigantic Street, Conf. Room 4500, San Diego, CA 92154
  • How to Register: call the Police Academy Office at 619-482-6462 or email swcpoliceacademy@swccd.edu

Download: Police Recruit Workshop Flyer

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Mission Statement

It  is the mission of the Southwestern College Police Academy to prepare peace officer candidates mentally, morally, emotionally, and physically to assume the responsibilities of entry-level law enforcement officers.  The training and testing must ensure that each student graduates with the demonstrated character, knowledge, problem-solving abilities, human relations, communication, and physical skills necessary to meet 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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