Police Academy

POST Regular Basic Course (Class 73)

Scroll down page for timelines, entry application documents, training schedule and cost.

Open and read each attached link under "Important Documents" and follow the instructions listed in the first document titled "STEPS TO APPLY", this attachment includes a "Check-List" on page-3, all requirements and documents on the checklist must be met and included before submitting via email to swcpoliceacademy@swccd.edu.


Download and save all the documents listed below to your computer before getting started.

Click on this link to download Acrobat Reader to complete the fillable forms above (program entry application & authorization to release information).


Timelines are subject to change: It is important that you clear your calendar to be available for all dates/times listed below. 

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW through application deadline:

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Friday, April 28, 2023
  • PHYSICAL AGILITY TESTING:  Saturday, May 13, 2023
  • ORAL INTERVIEWS:  Monday, May 15 through Friday, May 19, 2023
  • ORIENTATION 1: Thursday, May 25, 2023 @ 6:00pm
  • ORIENTATION 2: Saturday, May 27, 2023 @ 7:00am
  • DAY-1 ACADEMY BEGINS:  Saturday, July 8, 2023 @ 8:00 am

Contact Police Academy Office at 619-482-6462 or email at swcpoliceacademy@swccd.edu 


Evening Program-Meeting Days/Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1800-2200, plus Saturdays 0800-1700.

Prerequisites to apply for AJ 41-Basic Police Academy I: High School Diploma/GED, No Felony Convictions, Valid CA Driver License, College GPA 2.0 or higher, meet eligibility for English 114, Reading 158 or Proficiency, Math 35. 

Prerequisite to apply for AJ 42-Basic Police Academy II: Completion of AJ 41-Basic Police Academy I, before enrolling in AJ 42-Basic Police Academy II.


Estimated Cost: for 10-1/2 months of training: $4,500 to $5,000

Course description from college catalog:

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 = 13 Units and AJ 42 – Police Academy II = 13 Units)