Police Academies in California

Currently there are close to 80,000 full time sworn-in police officers in California serving some 36 million people. To become a cop in California, you need to go through the academy and the standards are tough. Let us review some of these requirements.

Police Academy Requirements in California

  • While at least a high school diploma or GED is needed by most academies, some require you to have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related course work.
  • A Misdemeanor or felony conviction is an automatic disqualifier
  • Candidates have to be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have U.S. citizenship
  • Must pass a physical examination to determine if the candidate passes the strict vision, hearing and general health requirements
  • Applicants have to pass the physical agility test which usually include an obstacle course, push ups, sit ups, leg endurance and arm lift events.

Academy Name Address Phone #
Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Academy Regional Training Center 6289 Madigan Road Dublin, CA 94568-3315  
Allan Hancock College/Law Enforcement Academy 800 South College Drive Santa Maria, CA 93454  
Bakersfield Law Enforcement Training Academy 1601 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301  
Butte College Public Safety Training Center 3536 Butte Campus Drive Oroville, CA 95965  
CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Training Academy 4501 State Highway 104 Ione, CA 95640  
California Department of Fish and Game 1416 9th Street Sacramento, CA 95814  
California Department of Parks and Recreation – William Penn Mott, Jr. Training Center P. 0. Box 699 837 Asilomar Boulevard Pacific Grove, CA 93950  
California Highway Patrol Academy 3500 Reed Avenue West Sacramento, CA 95605  
College of the Redwoods Law Enforcement Training Center 7351 Tompkins Hill Road Eureka, CA 95501-9302  
Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Law Enforcement Training Center 340 Marina Boulevard Pittsburg, CA 94565-9302  
Fullerton College 321 E. Chapman Avenue Fullerton, CA 92832-2095  
Golden West College Criminal Justice Training Center 15744 Goldenwest Street Huntington Beach, CA 92647  
Kern County Law Enforcement Training Academy 1350 Norris Road Bakersfield, CA 93308  
Long Beach Police Academy 7290 East Carson Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90808  
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Academy 11515 S. Colima Road, Bldg. F-103 Whittier, CA 90604  
Los Angeles Police Department Recruit Academy 5651 West Manchester Blvd. Westchester, CA 90045  
Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway Napa, CA 94558  
Oakland Police Department Academy Personnel and Training Division 455 Seventh Street Oakland, CA 94607  
Orange County Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy 15991 Armstrong Avenue Tustin, CA 92782  
Palomar College Public Safety Training Center 182 Santar Place San Marcos, CA 92069  
Rio Hondo Regional Training Center 3600 Workman Mill Road Whittier, CA 90601-1699  
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department – Ben Clark Training Center 3423 Davis Avenue, Dept. A Riverside, CA 92518  
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Training Academy 1000 River Walk Way Carmichael, CA 95608  
Sacramento Police Academy 2409 Dean Street McClellan, CA 95662  
Sacramento Regional Public Safety Training Center 5146 Arnold Avenue McClellan, CA 95652  
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Regional Public Safety Training Center P. O. Box 1456 San Bernardino, CA 92402  
San Bernardino Valley College 701 South Mt. Vernon Avenue San Bernardino, CA 92410  
San Diego Regional Public Safety Training Institute 10440 Black Mountain Road San Diego, CA 92126  
San Francisco Police Department Academy 350 Amber Drive San Francisco, CA 94131  
San Joaquin Delta College Public Safety Training Center

5151 Pacific Avenue Stockton, CA 95207

San Jose Police Academy

201 West Mission Street San Jose, CA 95110

Santa Clara County Justice Training Center

19050 Malaguerra Avenue Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Santa Rosa Junior College Public Safety Training Center

5743 Skylane Boulevard Windsor, CA 95492-9787

South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium

3095 Yerba Buena Road San Jose, CA 95135-1598

Southwestern College Basic Academy

900 Otay Lakes Road, Rm 560J Chula Vista, CA 91910

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Center

3805 Cornucopia, Suite A Modesto, CA 95358

State Center Regional Training Facility – Fresno City College

1101 East University Avenue Fresno, CA 93741

Tulare-Kings Counties Basic Police Academy

915 South Mooney Boulevard Visalia, CA 93277

Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center

425 Durley Avenue Camarillo, CA 93010


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