Administration of Justice

Basic Police Academy : Registration  

Students may reserve a space in the Academy by calling the Law Enforcement Training Center. The official registration will be coordinated with the Enrollment Services Department on the Eureka campus of The College by the staff at the Training Center.


The College of the Redwoods Basic Law Enforcement Academy is certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Subvention for eligible agencies will be under Reimbursement Plan I. Only those persons currently employed on a full time basis by a police or sheriff’s department who do not hold a POST Basic Certificate will be eligible for POST. reimbursement.

If a person from out-of-state has applied for a position with a California law enforcement agency and is guaranteed employment upon completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, the Out-of-state tuition fee may be waived.
Upon completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, the student receives POST. Certification of Completion. This certification expires three years following graduation from the Academy. A graduate of the Academy who is not employed within the three-year period will need to go though the POST re-qualification process, or retake the Basic Course before being employed as a law enforcement officer in California.

Minimum age requirements: 

  • Most Police Agencies will only employ officers who are over the age of 21 years.
  • P.O.S.T. re-certification is necessary for anyone not hired within three years of Academy graduation.

For these reasons, students are strongly encouraged to plan attendance so that their graduation puts them as close to hiring age (21) as is possible.  While earlier attendance is allowed, those graduating sooner will limit the time available to them to obtain a position in law enforcement.