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Police Academy Training Program

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If you have any questions about the Police Academy Programs, please do not hesitiate to email us at or call the Police Academy Office at 619-482-6462.

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If you are interested in a Career in Law Enforcement and want to know about the Police Academy Training Program the next Police Recruit Workshop will be in the month of September 2022.  Topics will include: Application process, testing preparation, oral presentations and Q&A. 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 the testing, selection process and police academy program.  Attendees must be 18-years of age or older to attend.  Sponsored by the Southwestern College Police Academy at the Higher Education Center Otay Mesa.

Start time: 5:30pm - End time: 8:30pm

The workshop is FREE to the public.  Open registeration will begin in July 2022.  If you would like to get on a wait list please email your: name and phone number, with the Subject LinePolice Recruit Workshop to the email address below.



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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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