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


Saturday, May 22 9:00 am

This is the only group test that will be offered prior to the start of the Fall Academy.

  • TESTING DURING COVID: Due to current Coronavirus isolation restrictions, we have currently making appointments for physically-distanced small group testing during the week.  CALL THE OFFICE to set up a test for the Fall Academy.

Upcoming Dates

127th Academy - Spring 2021:

January 11 - February 12 , 2021 - 8 units

February 15 - March 26, 2021 - 8.5 units

March 29 - June 11, 2021 - 16 units

128th Academy - Fall 2021:

July 12 - August 13, 2021 - 8 units

August 16 - September 24, 2021 8.5 units

September 27 - December 17, 2021 - 16 units

129th Academy - Spring 2022:

January 10 - February 11 , 2022 - 8 units

February 14 - March 25, 2022 - 8.5 units

March 28 - June 16, 2022 - 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


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

Registration (enrollment) Fee - 32.5 semester units ($46/unit)  $1,495.00
Health Fee  $18.00
Out-of-state Tuition 31 semester units. This fee is for any student who has not resided within the State of California for one year prior to the day of registration and is in addition to registration fee. ($229/unit)  $7,099.00
Fingerprint Fee  $100.00
On-Campus Parking  $40.00
POST Student Workbooks (Order online) (  $250.00
Vehicle and Penal Codes  $45.00
Defensive Driving  $200.00
Driving Simulator  $40.00
Force Option Simulator Training  $40.00
Uniforms - including trousers+ shirts+ shoes+ belt+ jacket+ lettering - (this is for basic quantities and vary according to uniform supplier)  $365.00
Ammunition (approximate based on supplier)  $1,000-1200.00
Firearm  $400-$800
Physical Training Clothing  $55.00
APPROXIMATE Total Cost (excluding out-of-state tuition+ housing+ food+ and transportation)  $4,000 to 4,500

Registration, Health, Parking and Defensive Driving fees are due at the time of registration. Checks should be payable to College of the Redwoods. Students who are awaiting financial assistance have a 30 day grace period.

It is the policy of College of the Redwoods not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its educational programs and its employment practices.

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