Basic Police Academy - South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium


Basic Police Academy

This full-time, 888-hour intensive course satisfies the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) minimum training requirements for California entry-level peace officers.  The course typically meets Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m, is approximately six months in duration and is designed for employed or aspiring peace officer recruits who can dedicate their full attention and efforts towards completing the program. The full-time Intensive Academy requires a strong commitment by the recruits and their families. Upon completion the student can apply to police agencies as a Regular Peace Officer.  

The Basic Police Academy course includes fundamental principles, procedures and techniques of law enforcement, including: Criminal Law, Patrol Procedures, Cultural Diversity, Investigative Procedures, Report Writing, Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Leadership, Ethics, Community Policing, Police Vehicle Operations, Traffic Enforcement, Accident Investigation, Handling Emotional Situations and First Aid/CPR. The course also includes a challenging physical conditioning requirement that will prepare academy students for police service.


Each Basic Police Academy applicant must:

Minimum Standards for Employment

The minimum selection standards for peace officers in California are set forth in Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031. Every California peace officer must:

  • be free of any felony convictions;
  • be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship (CHP officers must be US citizens at time of appointment);
  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record;
  • be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation;
  • be a high school graduate, pass the General Education Development test or have attained a two-year or four-year degree from an accredited institution; and
  • be found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.

For more information visit the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) - Peace Officer Candidate Information web page.

More Information

Peace Officer Selection Process
POST Regular Basic Course
POST Learning Domain Workbooks
POST Training and Testing Specification