General Information


The organizational philosophy is semi-military.  Academy classes include physical training, personnel inspections, and high standards of grooming, appearance and conduct.
The training environment is highly structured; and standards and regulations are strictly maintained. 
Successful candidates are those who possess above average English language and study skills coupled with high levels of motivation and maturity.  Physical fitness highly encouraged.
Two types of Basic Police Academies.  
1)      Our Academy is called a Modular Program.  Our Academy is broken into three modules:  Module III, Module II, and Module I. A certificate is earned for each separate module. The student has the ability to restart in the later module in a future academy class if they fail a module.  Students who complete Module III or Module II are eligible to serve as Level III or Level II reserve officers for police departments or sheriff's departments.
2)      Regular Basic Course (RBC), which is one course from start to finish.  If a student fails or drops during any portion of the training, he or she will have to begin the training again at day one.  They receive no credit for the time spent in the Academy prior to dismissal.
In addition, students that have completed Module III and Module II in another program are able to transfer to our program to complete Module I.
1.      High School graduate from accredited high school or G.E.D. equivalent
2.      Possession of a DOJ Firearms Clearance Letter (Live Scan)
3.      Valid California Drivers License
4.      Eighteen years of age (recommend 20 years or older)
5.      Medical examination
6.      Successful score on POST Entrance Examination
7.      Successful score on the POST Physical Agility Test
Must be eligible to register as a student at College of the Sequoias without a waiver of College regulations. Financial Aide information available.
Many candidates decide to complete the Academy Preparation Course (PS313) before applying for admission to the Basic Academy.  Factors indicating a candidate should consider this include:
·         The candidate has completed few or no college level courses
·         The candidate earned low grades in English in high school
·          It has been five or more years since the candidate has attended college
·          The candidate is unsure if he or she possesses the requisite language and study skills.
The Academy Preparation Course offers intensive training in essay and report writing, reading comprehension and study skills.  Students in PS313 also complete numerous practice entrance exams. 
The Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) allows the Academy graduation certificate to remain in effect for three years.  Full time law enforcement employment must be obtained to avoid recertification.
Most law enforcement agencies will not take applications from anyone who has not reached their twenty-first birthday at date of employment.
Subsequently, the 18-19 year old Academy graduate runs a high risk of losing the certification prior to reaching the age of employment.


Counseling sessions are easily arranged by contacting

the Law Enforcement Training Department at (559) 583-2600.

Last Updated: 3/27/2017 1:38 PM