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Basic Police Officer Academy Certificate Public Safety Total Units: 21

Term Effective: Fall 2011

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.


The Basic Police Officer Academy Certificate of Achievement provides all academic and physical skill training and assessment required by the State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. It is required training for anyone serving as a peace officer in the state of California. The program provides the opportunity to observe, develop and employ the behavior traits of a professional peace officer in a controlled setting. The Academy is available in two formats: Intensive (20 weeks) and Modular (11 months).

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify, define and demonstrate basic tasks of peace officers;
  2. identify, classify, and apply appropriate provisions of federal and state law related to peace officers;
  3. perform and document complete preliminary investigations assigned to peace officers; and
  4. demonstrate the physical skills needed to perform the tasks of a peace officer in the areas of driving, shooting, defensive tactics, and first aid.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Basic Police Officer Academy program are:

  • Complete 21 units from
    • Basic Police Officer Academy Core Requirements

Basic Police Officer Academy Core Requirements - complete 21.00 units
Complete a combination totaling at least 21.00 units from the following:
AJ 223
AJ 222A and AJ 222B and AJ 222C

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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