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Police Officer Standards and Training - Basic Peace Officer Academy

Why Choose Our Academy?

The Delta College Basic Peace Officer Academy mission is to prepare students mentally, morally, emotionally and physically to perform the duties of a peace officer. Rigorous training and testing ensures that each student graduates with demonstrated character, knowledge of the law, problem-solving abilities, human relations, communication and physical skills needed to meet the professional standards of a peace officer. Discipline is an essential component of the Academy program to help students develop the attitudes and behaviors demanded of peace officers by the public that they serve.

The Academy is certified by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) to present a basic course to peace officers and pre-service students who qualify for program admission. The course includes fundamental principles, procedures and techniques of law enforcement, including: Criminal Law, Patrol Procedures, Cultural Diversity, Investigative Procedures, Report Writing, Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Leadership, Ethics, Community Policing, Police Vehicle Operations, Traffic Enforcement, Accident Investigation, Handling Emotional Situations and First Aid/CPR. The course also includes a challenging physical requirement that will prepare students for police service.

The POST Academy is a unique program as it is presented in an “extended” format. Classes meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:45pm to 10:00pm, on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:45am to 5:00pm, and on some Fridays. The Academy is in session for approximately eight months, once yearly, January through August. This type of format allows students to continue their employment and attend to personal obligations without interruption. If you are interested in attending the "intensive" format, check the POST website for information on other Basic Training Academies.

The Delta College POST Academy works in partnership with police and sheriff’s departments throughout an eight county region.

What Are The Program Requirements?

What Can I Do When I Graduate?

This course is designed for basic entry-level training for the student preparing for a position as a Reserve Officer, Peace officers, and Deputy Sheriff’s assigned to patrol.

Who Is Teaching In The POST Basic Peace Officer Academy?

For more information, please contact the
P.O.S.T. Academy Office
San Joaquin Delta College
Campus Police Building
(209) 954-5151 extension 6364


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San Joaquin Delta College
5151 Pacific Ave
Stockton, California 95207
(209) 954-5151