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Frequently Asked Questions


BASIC ACADEMY

I want to attend the academy. How do I start the process?

Is there an age limit?

Is there financial aid available?

What if I have problems with my background?

What is the application process?

I have attended Modules 3 & 2 at another Academy. How do I attend Module 1 at CR?

What is the class schedule?

What are the physical requirements of the Academy?

What kind of handgun is allowed at the academy?

What kind of holsters are allowed at the Academy?

How much ammunition will I need for the entire Academy?

Can I use books that I got from a friend who attended a previous academy?

When do I have to pay my fees?

I want to attend the academy. How do I start the process?

The first step is to take the Pre-Entry test, a test of basic literacy that will determine your readiness for the studying and testing that will be required. The test is similar to the English assessment that you may have taken upon entering college but it is NOT the same. You will have three hours to take the test. There is no cost to take the test. You may retake the test at any time.

We have also implemented a physical agility assessment to the pre-testing requirements. It includes:

  • 20 pushups in one minute
  • 25 sit-ups in one minute
  • 1.5 mile run in 17 minutes

In general, this assessment will be given on the same day as the PELLETB but can be repeated or performed at any time with advance notice prior to the start of the Academy.  Once you have received a passing score on the PELLETB, we will send you the application forms. You will need to obtain a medical clearance from your doctor as well as provide proof of firearms clearance through the Department of Justice.

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Is there an age limit?

Success in the academy and subsequent employment in the law enforcement field will be partially dependent on each candidate's level of skill and overall physical fitness, regardless of age.  There is no maximum age to attend the academy. Your overall fitness will determine the likelihood of your being hired by a law enforcement agency which is the ultimate goal of attending the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

The minimum age to attend the academy is 18. However, while we will not prohibit someone of that age from attending, and State statute allows the hiring of those over 18, general practice for California agencies is to hire after the age of 21.

 POST requires that an officer having a break in service of more than three years attend a Recertification Academy (not offered at the College of the Redwoods). This also applies if too much time passes between the completion of the Academy and agency employment; your chance of being hired would diminish and you would need to attend Recertification after three years. Consequently, we encourage you to consider waiting until you are closer to hiring age before attending the Basic Academy. 

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Is there financial aid available?

Because the Basic Academy is a college course, college financial aid is available to those who qualify. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) through the CR Financial Aid website then contact the Financial Aid office to follow up.

Also, if you are a veteran of the armed forces, there may be additional benefits available to you. Contact the College of the Redwoods Veterans Resource Center at 707-476-4110 .  return to top of page

What if I have problems with my background?

POST has standards for the hiring of peace officers in the State of California (refer to section -1031(f)

Further and specific restrictions on drug use or criminal activity vary from agency to agency. While some issues would require a waiting period, others may eliminate you from consideration by all agencies. If you have such an issue in your background, you should call the Academy office and discuss the issue with the Coordinator, Sandi Petersen, or Ron Waters, Director of the AJ Division. You might also contact the background investigator at an agency that interests you. Be honest about your past and request an evaluation of you chances for hire, based on their standards.

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What is the application process?

  • Achieve a minimum score of T-42 on the PELLETB (pre-entry test) either at our Academy or supply a score taken elsewhere.
  • Successfully complete the pre-academy physical assessment.
  • The application paperwork will be sent to you along with your successful test results along with a general information packet.
  • When the forms are returned, you will be placed on the roster, holding a spot in the next scheduled academy. 
  • You continue working to obtain your required clearances (firearms/fingerprint and medical) and collecting your uniforms and gear.
  • As the Academy start approaches (usually six to eight weeks prior), you will receive an ACCEPTANCE LETTER. This letter will also include preparation guidelines to make sure you are ready to start the academy.
  • Your physical and mental preparation continues.  We are always available at the Academy to answer your questions as you get ready - communication is encouraged!

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I have attended Modules 3 & 2 at another Academy. How do I attend Module 1 at CR?

The process is basically the same as above with the following additions:

  • We need a copy of your POST Training profile which can be ordered from the POST website.  We cannot accept certificates as documentation, only the POST Training Profile will verify what we need.
  • If more that a year has passed (or will pass) between the end of Module 2 and the start of Module 1, you will need to retake the End-of-Module Exam and provide the verification of a passing score.  The training facility where you took Module 2 should be able to provide the retest.  If not, contact us.

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What is the class schedule?

This is a full-time course, 40- to 50-hour-per-week course. There are occasional short weeks or days but plan on being here full time unless the schedule says otherwise.

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What are the physical requirements of the Academy?

Students must take and pass the POST Work Sample Test Battery after completing the physical conditioning program, but before academy graduation.  The Work Sample Test Battery includes these five events:

OBSTACLE COURSE
Run a 99-yard obstacle course consisting of several sharp turns, a number of curb-height obstacles, and a 34-inch high obstacle that must be vaulted

BODY DRAG
Lift and drag a 165-pound lifelike dummy 32-feet

CHAIN LINK FENCE
Run 5 yards to a 6-foot chain link fence, climb over fence, continue running another 25 yards

SOLID FENCE CLIMB
Run 5 yards to a 6 foot solid fence, climb over fence, continue running another 25 yards

500-YARD RUN
Run 500 yards

Each of the five events is timed.  Student performance times are converted to points and summed. Students must accumulate a total score of 384 points to pass.

We hope that the pre-academy physical assessment will help you recognize your level of fitness (or lack of fitness).  It is strongly recommended that, if not already doing so, you begin a program of daily fitness. You will begin the Lifetime Fitness portion of the academy in Week Two and on the first day will be required to run 1.5 miles and do as many crunches and pushups as you can. This will be less difficult if you begin a fitness program prior to starting the Academy.

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What kind of handgun is allowed at the Academy?

Unless affiliated with an agency, cadets are encouraged to rent the range equipment from CR. The rental cost includes the holster and will allow you to keep the cost of training down. If you choose to purchase your own firearm, acceptable firearms criteria are as follows:

  • No revolvers permitted
  • Weapons must be of one of the following calibers .9 mm, .357 Sig, 40 S&W, 10 mm Auto and .45 Auto (ACP)
  • Any manufacturer is allowed but it must be of any one of the following action types:double-action only, double/single action and safe action (Glock-type pistols).
  • No single-action semiautomatics are allowed. Single-action are those which can only fire when the hammer is fully cocked. Common descriptions of the single-action handguns are: Colt 1911, government model, "cock and locked" auto. Many manufacturers produce this type of semiautomatic pistol but they all can only fire when the hammer is fully cocked.
  • All double-action semi-automatics that have a single action mode must have a decocking lever.
  • Any further questions on these guidelines should be referred to Instructor Kris Kitna or lead instructor, Paul Blake.
  • Shotguns and rifles are provided as needed for training  

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What kind of holsters are allowed at the Academy?

Please refer to the following specifications when obtaining a holster for use during the Academy.

  • The holster should be made for the specific weapon.
  • The holster should be designed to be worn on the standard policy duty belt (e.g. thigh holsters are not acceptable)
  • The holster can be made of leather, synthetic material or a combination of both. Nylon holsters made for the specific weapon are acceptable. Our academy rental gear is nylon.
  • The holster must have a safety/retention strap or device that covers the rear of the weapon preventing the weapon from being removed from the holster unless the strap or device is released. Additional security or retention devices can be used on the holster but not as a replacement for the safety strap or device described.
  • The only exception to the above guidelines is if the cadet is affiliated and sponsored by an agency that provides or requires a holster that does not fit these specifications. The cadet must provide a letter from their agency verifying same. 
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How much ammunition will I need for the entire Academy?

Ammunition requirements are as follows, broken up by modules:

AMMO REQUIREMENTS

MODULE 3

MODULE 2

MODULE 1

total

Practice rounds

400

800

600

1800

duty rounds(hollow point)

150

150

300

.223 (.556 is OK)

100

100

200

shotgun

00 double-ought

175

175

slugs

25

25

Only factory-manufactured or commercially re-manufactured ammunition may be used. NON-COMMERCIAL RELOADED AMMUNITION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!

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Can I use books that I got from a friend who attended a previous academy?

Yes, as long as they are the current version. You can refer to this list on the POST website for current versions being used.  Compare your books to the list to be sure all books are current. If any have been revised, you can order just those issues from the printer.

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When do I have to pay my fees?

Fees are due and payable as soon as you have been enrolled in the course (we will notify you once this has occurred). Please let us know immediately if special arrangements are to be made for delayed payment coming from other sources (G.I. Bill, etc).  If you have applied for and have received confirmation that you are receiving a Board of Governors (BOG) fee waiver and/or a grant of any type, those fees will be paid directly to your account with the balance of any aid being made available to you. 

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