Basic Police Academy

Basic academy training is the foundation of a successful and rewarding law enforcement career.  At our training center, the Basic Academy is the most important program we present.  We place a very heavy emphasis on leadership, ethics, and community policing principles.  Central to this emphasis is officer safety, problem solving, and the development of character.  Our educational philosophy is well defined and includes a detailed discipline model all of which is intended to develop outstanding law enforcement officers. Graduates earn their certificates by meeting some of the highest standards for Basic Academy graduates in the state.  Graduates often say that the Basic Academy was the most challenging experience of their life.

Our curriculum exceeds state minimum standards in almost every respect.  44% of the instructional hours are dedicated to physical skills, officer safety, and survival.  This emphasis is balanced by a demanding set of academic standards carefully designed to prepare students for success in a field training program.  This is not a lecture-based program.  Students learn through a variety of experiences facilitated by subject matter experts and are required to demonstrate a high level competency in six core dimensions in order to graduate.  

We utilize state-of-the-art technology in all aspects of the program.  Our classrooms are equipped with the latest computer technology and provide a laptop computer at every student seat.  We have our own emergency vehicle operations course that uses the latest model patrol car and a high-tech skid car to provide students with a completely realistic driver training experience.  Students learn through experience how to make use of force decisions using our force options simulator.  Firearms training is conducted in an indoor firearms training facility that is one of the best in California.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills.
  • Confront and assess a problem and identify a solution using good judgment.
  • Comprehend and retain factual and technical information related to the profession.
  • Understand differences and work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate physical fitness, stamina, and fine motor skills related the profession.
  • Identify personal strengths and weaknesses. 

Today, law enforcement agencies are looking for more than just educated officers.  They want people who can solve problems and who understand racial and cultural differences.  Chiefs prefer "smarter" more than "tougher." Chiefs and Sheriffs are looking for officers who, regardless, of size, possess the skills, knowledge, and abilities consistent with the community policing philosophy. If this sounds like you, then you are the type of person law enforcement is looking for and we are the academy that will properly prepare you for a successful law enforcement career.

We employ a full time staff of coordinators, a recruit training officer, drill instructors, and utilize over 100 part time working law enforcement professionals to deliver instruction.  Each of these individuals is committed to promoting cadet success in a positive and challenging learning environment.  Our staff is aggressive with job placement and we are visited regularly by law enforcement agencies from all over California. We have the reputation you are looking for.