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Regular Basic Course- Modular Format

Course Information

One of the largest programs at the Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center is the Regular Basic Course (Basic Peace Officer Training Academy). Each year, more than 300 graduates advance to careers at city, county, and state agencies.

The Basic Peace Officer Training Academy was established in 1953. The Academy serves 11 counties in Southern California. Candidates in the program receive practical and technical instruction to meet the requirements of various law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal level.

Classes provide training geared toward individuals who have already been hired by a law enforcement agency (sponsored students) and people interested in a law enforcement career (non-sponsored students). To accommodate the different needs and schedules of these students, MVC offers two academy programs: Intensive and Modular.

The Modular Academy covers a total of 855 hours of instructions for all three modules combined and is certified the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). You will receive training to satisfy full-time Peace Officer instruction in as little as 13 months divided into three modules (levels): Module III Academy (Level III Reserve Officer Training); Module II Academy (Level II Reserve Officer Training); and Module I Academy (Level I Reserve Officer Training).



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Enrollment Information

California Community Colleges require that a student be a resident of California for one year and a day prior to registering for classes. If you do not meet this requirement, you could be subject to out of state fees. Please contact our Admissions Office for specific details at (951) 571-6370.

Academy and meeting dates are subject to change. Any agencies seeking to enroll recruits need to contact Sgt. D. Hernandez at

Under Cal/OSHA Title 8 Section 3395, all outside agencies are required to provide heat illness prevention training to their employees and completion of such training is a prerequisite for agency recruits.