Basic Law Enforcement Academy Basic Law Enforcement Academy

Basic Law Enforcement Academy

 

About Us

Since 1966, College of the Redwoods has proudly offered our Basic Law Enforcement Academy, also known as the Police Academy. We have produced more than 3,738 peace officers. Today, the Academy is presented in a modular format and is offered in spring and again in fall.

The Academy is an intensive program that meets 40-50 hours per week.


Forms and Resources

UPCOMING TEST DATES

  • Saturday, February 5
  • Saturday, March 5
  • Saturday, April 2

Tests begin at 9:00 am

Individual tests can be scheduled during the week for individuals and small groups.  Call the office to set up an appointment.

  • TESTING DURING COVID: We will follow current Coronavirus protocols until such a time as they are relaxed/eliminated.  

Upcoming Dates

129th Academy - Spring 2022:

MODULE III - AJ 81
January 10 - February 11 , 2022 - 8 units

MODULE II - AJ 82
February 14 - March 25, 2022 - 8.5 units

MODULE I - AJ 83
March 28 - June 16, 2022 - 16 units

130th Academy - Fall 2022

MODULE III - AJ 81
July 18 - August 19, 2022 - 8 units

MODULE II - AJ 82
August 22 - September 30, 2022 - 8.5 units

MODULE I - AJ 83
October 3 -December 16, 2022 - 16 units

131th Academy - Spring 2023:

DATES TBA

MODULE III - AJ 81
January- February  2023 - 8 units

MODULE II - AJ 82
February-March 2023 - 8.5 units

MODULE I - AJ 83
March-June 2023 - 16 units

How to Apply

The first step to Academy entrance is successfully completion of the PELLETB (POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery). The PELLETB is a test intended to test your BASIC literacy and to make sure you will be comfortable with the testing and studying required for the Academy. It is required by P.O.S.T. No fee is required to take the exam. Test results are good for one year . You may take the test as many times as needed to obtain a passing score. However, only one attempt at each month's test is allowed (once for March, once for April, etc) and you must wait 30 days between attempts. Also recognize that a repeated difficulty would indicate a need for further English studies.

To register for the test, please call (707) 476-4334 during regular business hours. Receipt of a passing score will start the application process.

In addition to the PELLETB, you will now also be required to demonstrate your physical aptitude. On the day of and prior to the PELLETB, you will be required to:

  • Complete 20 pushups (straight-leg) in one minute
  • Complete 25 sit-ups in one minute
  • Run 1.5 miles in 17 minutes or less

These minimum requirements this will assure the entire class is able to work hard and work together towards successful completion of the POST Job-Related Work Test Battery. If you are unable to successfully demonstrate these feats, you may return at any time to try again but you MUST complete the test prior to starting the academy. The physical testing will start at 9:00am with the PELLETB to follow immediately. Allow three hours to complete the PELLETB though you may finish sooner.

Each academy class is limited to forty students and applications will be accepted in order of their receipt.
Applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age (although 21 is recommended)
  • Possess a high school diploma or a G.E.D. (this is a hiring requirement for all California law enforcement agencies).
  • Take the P.O.S.T. Entry Level Reading and Writing Skills Test and pass with a T-score of 42 or higher.
  • Submit a criminal history clearance including fingerprint submission to the Department of Justice pursuant to penal code requirements.
  • Possess a current valid driver's license.
  • Obtain a medical clearance.

Costs

The following fees are approximate and subject to change. For more details and exact costs, please call the Law Enforcement Training Center. 

College Fees
Registration (enrollment) Fee - 32.5 semester units ($46/unit)  $1,495
Health Fee & Student Fees $43
On-Campus Parking  $46
* Out-of-state Tuition 32.5 semester units. Students classified as non-resident by Admissions Office. ($354/unit) $11,505
Law Enforcement Training Center Fees
Emergency Vehicle Operations Course  $200
Handout & Materials Fees $150
Required Rental Gear $25
Mandatory Equipment/Optional Rental $25
Firearm Rental - unaffiliated cadets will be  required to rent a firearm from the LETC. $50
Ammunition (approximate based on supplier)  $2,200
APPROXIMATE Total Cost (excluding costs for Livescan, Medical Clearance, Driving Record, Uniforms, and PT Gear)  $4,234


Contact Us

Administration of Justice

Michael Perkins, Director
  707-476-4331
 Esmeralda Ramirez, Administrative Office Coordinator
  707-476-4334

Kerry Mayer, Interim Vice President of Instruction

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