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Police Academy

Academy Physical TrainingUpon being hired, Police Recruits will attend the San Jose Police Academy.  The Academy is a 26 week program with approximately 976 hours of training.  Our standards are well above the California P.O.S.T minimum standard for Police Recruit Officer training.  The training is conducted during the weekdays from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm with some training conducted after hours and on weekends.  The Academy is not a “live-in” facility; Police Recruit Officers will be required to find their own living arrangements and daily transportation. 

Cadets runningThe Academy is a paramilitary structure with weekly physical conditioning and an intense classroom curriculum.   There are learning domains, weekly exams, mid-term and a final exam.  We combine classroom learning with scenario / role-playing practical situations.  The Academy curriculum structure allows us to train individuals who made a career change from another field and those with no training or education in law enforcement.  These are just some of the things you will learn in our Academy program:

  • California Laws such as the Penal Codes, Vehicle Codes, Health and Safety Codes
  • Fire Arms Training
  • Laws Pertaining to Search and Seizure
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Emergency Response Driving
  • Vehicle Car Stops
  • Officer Safety
  • Report Writing
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Accident Investigation
  • Police Officer Ethics
  • Building Searches
  • Non-Lethal Weapons Training
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Arrest and Control Techniques
  • Radio Communication Codes
  • Recognition of Illegal Substances and Narcotics
  • Recognition of Under the Influence
  • Evidence Collection
  • Juvenile Laws

Upon successful completion and graduation of the Police Academy, you will continue your training period on the street as you move into the Field Training Program of the Patrol Division.

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