Police Academy Training Program

Upcoming Spring 2019 Police Recruit Workshop!

This is a 3-hour workshop, 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. Topics we will cover are the application process, testing preparation, oral presentations and then a Q & A.

Date/Time:  Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location Police Academy/HEC Otay Mesa, 8100 Gigantic Street, San Diego, CA 92154

Attendees must be 18 years or older to attend, and must register via email at swcpoliceacademy@swccd.edu or call at (619) 482-6462This course is free.

Deadline to sign up for Police Recruit Workshop: Friday, March 29, 2019

Accepting Police Academy Applications Now!

Click on Police Academy on the left-hand side menu for the application and requirements for the next Police Academy that is scheduled to start on Saturday, July 6, 2019.

Southwestern Community College – Otay Mesa HEC
8100 Gigantic Street, Rm. 4315
San Diego, CA 92154
Phone: (619) 482-6462
Driving directions to Otay Mesa HEC

Office Hours (Hours Subject to Change)

Monday thru Friday- 7:30am to 4:00pm

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.

Description from 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 = 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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