Río Hondo Police Academy

Only The Strong Survive


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Developing leaders in law enforcement who deliver quality community-based policing since 1964

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 Río 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 six-month academy program utilizes the latest technology, equipment and instructional techniques in its delivery of 21st century police training.

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.

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.


Please fill out this interest form and an academy representative will reach out with more information and answer any questions you may have.