Basic Police Academy Modular Level Three course

This 164-hour course satisfies all California POST minimum required training mandates for BAM Level Three. This course includes fundamental principles, procedures and techniques of law enforcement, including criminal law, patrol procedures, cultural diversity, investigative procedures, report writing, defensive tactics, firearms, community relations, police vehicle operations, traffic enforcement, and First Aid/CPR.

This course is designed and intended for employed or aspiring Reserve Level Three candidates wishing to meet all training requirements for a Reserve Level Three Peace Officer in the State of California.

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 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.



Each applicant must:

  • Complete the Academy Application process including medical clearance, proof of medical insurance, DMV history and DOJ Firearms Clearance.

Contact our main office for registration questions at (408) 270-6458.