Our Academy program follows the guidelines of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and serves law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California. The Rio Hondo College Regional Training Center provides recruits with the academic skills, practical scenario training, physical training and discipline to prepare them for a career in law enforcement, and other public safety disciplines.
The Academy program trains pre-service recruits that are either sponsoring themselves through the academy or are employed and being sponsored by a law enforcement agency.
Our Academy is designed to satisfy all POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training), State of California, Basic Law Enforcement Academy training requirements for students wanting to be hired by a law enforcement agency or for newly hired peace officers/cadets.
All graduating students will meet or exceed the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) professional standards and successfully passed all written and practical skill tests required for a California.
UPCOMING ACADEMY DATES
Upcoming Academy Dates
Intensive 6 Month Basic Academy Sessions
Class 208 Start Date – February 12, 2019
Class 208 Graduation – July 25, 2019
Class 209 Start Date – August 27, 2019
Class 209 – Graduation Date – February 6, 2020
Class 210 – Start Date – March 10, 2020
Class 210 Graduation Date – August 20, 2020
Extended Basic Academy Session (10-12 month)
Class start date- To be determined
In order to be eligible to enter into a Basic Police Academy class each applicant must:
Attend a mandatory Police Academy Information meeting (See Information Meeting page). You do not need to register in advance for the meeting.
- pass the POST PELLET B (reading and writing) test;
- pass the Physical Agility Test (fitness) test; and
- complete the Academy application process, including medical clearance, proof of medical insurance, DMV history, DOJ Firearms Clearance.
You must attend mandatory information meeting prior to registering for Pellet B Testing. You do not need to register in advance for the meeting.
The Academy administers the POST Entry-level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB). The PELLETB is a timed, 2-1/2 hour written test consisting of multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions designed to measure reading and writing ability.
The Academy requires a T-score of 42 or higher in order to apply for entry into its Basic Police Academy.
Physical Agility Test:
a. 99-yard obstacle course
b. 165 Drag 32ft
c. Chain Link Fence Climb 6ft
d. Solid Wall Climb 6ft
e. 500 Yard Sprint
POST regulations prohibit examinees from taking this exam more than one time in any 30-day period from any exam site in the State of California. Be advised that if you make multiple attempts to take this exam within a 30-day period, POST will invalidate your exam.
Click here to view Entry Level Test Battery FAQs
Click here to download a PELLETB Practice Test (Examinee Guide).
Rio Hondo College is a public community college under California law. Legal requirements pertaining to residence must be honored. At the time of registration, all students will be required to file a “statement of residence”. Withholding or falsifying pertinent information on this form could be a reason for dismissal. Students living in California for at least 12 consecutive months may attend Rio Hondo College and pay resident fees (subject to terms and conditions of the college policy, state regulations, and federal law). California non-residents who have graduated from a California high school may qualify for the non-resident tuition exemption (AB540).
Non Resident Students
Education Code Section 76140 requires that non-resident students tuition be charged to students who are not residents of the state of California and who attend public community colleges within the state.
$46.00 plus $258.00 out-of-state fee per unit = $304.00 per unit
Minimum Standards for Employment
The minimum selection standards for peace officers in California are set forth in Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031. Every California peace officer must:
- be free of any felony convictions;
- be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship (CHP officers must be US citizens at time of appointment);
- be at least 21 years of age;
- be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record;
- be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation;
- be a high school graduate, pass the General Education Development test or have attained a two-year or four-year degree from an accredited institution; and
- be found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.
For more information visit the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) – Peace Officer Candidate Information web page.
Basic Police Academy
Intensive Basic Academy Session
The intensive basic academy is a full time, 1006 hour-intensive course that satisfies the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) minimum training requirements for California entry-level peace officers. This course typically meets Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm, is approximately six months in duration and is designed for peace officer recruits who can dedicate their full attention. The full-time Academy requires a strong commitment by recruits. Upon graduation, cadets receive a certificate of completion which enables them to qualify for any police department in the state of California. Numerous police agencies recruit from each Academy class. Many pre-service cadets are hired while still attending the Academy.
Approximate total cost for the Academy is $4900.00
Extended Basic Academy Session
Extended Basic Academy Tentative Start Date – To be determined
*The extended basic academy session is a 10-12 month academy program geared toward those individuals who are working adults or have other commitments during the day and wish to attend an academy session in the evening and on weekends. The hours generally are 5:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. on Tuesday and Thursday, and on Saturday’s 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
The extended basic police academy meets all the same training requirements as that of the intensive course, but just offered in an extended format. This course also satisfies the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards & Training (P.O.S.T.) minimum training requirements for California entry-level peace officers.
Financial Aid is available through the Financial Aid office located on the main campus in the Student Services building. Contact number (562) 908-3411.
Veterans Aid is also available through the Veterans Service Center also located in the Student Services building. Contact number (562) 463-3370.
Any questions regarding the Police Academy should be directed to:
Phone: (562) 463-7772
Fax: (562) 463-3154
Individuals interested in attending the Rio Hondo Police Academy must attend an information meeting which is held the first and third Wednesday of each month. Prior to entering the Police Academy, this meeting is mandatory.