The Palomar College Police Academy
requires that all applicants obtain, complete, and submit the following
documents and complete the testing and exams listed below:
All applicants must obtain and submit a Police Academy application.
Applications must be neat, thorough, and must be turned
in at the Public Safety Training Center. Applications may be
submitted no earlier than 4 months before the application deadline.
Applications can be downloaded from this website by
here. To pick
up an application in person, visit the Palomar College Public Safety
Training Center at:
San Marcos, CA 92069
Mon-Fri, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (excluding holidays)
Disclaimer: All applicants must complete a Felony/Drug/Misdemeanor
disclaimer to be considered for admission. All
applicants must read and submit the Felony/Drug/Misdemeanor
disclaimer with academy application. The disclaimer can be
downloaded as part of the academy application from the
application web page or by clicking
Mental and Physical Testing: The academy application process involves intense
academic, mental and physical competition. Applicants who correctly submit
the academy application and disclaimer will be invited to attend the
academic, mental and physical testing phase. Testing location and
times can be found
at the academy dates web page, or by clicking here.
Applicants who successfully complete the battery of tests will be
issued a final score. The police academy will apply this final score to
select qualified candidates.
complete a police academy oral interview.
a high school diploma or equivalent, or a passing score on the General
Education Development test (GED). (GC 1031 (E)).
a minimum of 18 years of age. (NOTE: A limited number of agencies
consider applicants under 21 years of age). (GC 1031 (B)).
a college English assessment test and be eligible for English 50, or
completion of a similar, equivalent college course.
able to read, write, and speak English consistent with the duties of a
police officer. Eligibility is determined by successful completion of
an essay in a controlled environment.
a physical agility test (see below for additional information) NOTE: Applicants must score a minimum
of 384 points
Agility Test Details:
- 99-yard simulated
suspect chase (timed sprint/run)
- 165 lb. dummy drag of
- Scale 6
ft. wood fence
- Scale 6
ft. chain link fence
- One mile run in less
than 12 minutes (first 500 yd score applied toward the minimum passing score
- The total run time is graded as
- Click here for additional details
without restrictions, a valid California driver license or valid out
of state license, if active duty military.
medically cleared by a physician to participate in both a demanding and dynamic
physical conditioning program. Students shall be responsible for
providing evidence of such evaluation or exam.
satisfactorily fingerprinted (NOTE: A background check of local,
state, and federal records will be conducted on all applicants). (GC
1030 & 1031 (C)).
have been convicted of a Felony, and certain misdemeanors, in any
state. (PC 12021 / 12021.1).
Requirements established by the California Commission on Police Officer
Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS OR
FAILURE TO SUBMIT A NEAT, THOROUGH AND
COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKET MAY AFFECT YOUR
ACCEPTANCE INTO THE POLICE ACADEMY.