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COS Law Enforcement Academy and Regional Training Center

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The Law Enforcement Academy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)

The Regional Training Center offers a wide variety of law enforcement training courses, including Perishable Skills, Basic Courses, and Advanced Officer Training for both P.O.S.T. and S.T.C. Agencies.

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Basic Law Enforcement Academy Information

According to California Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031, every Peace Officer must be:

  • Free of any felony convictions
  • 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)
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record
  • Of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation
  • A high school graduate, pass the General Education Development test or other high school equivalency test approved by CDE, or have attained a two-year, four-year, or advanced degree from an accredited or approved institution
  • Found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.

College of the Siskiyous currently offers an Intensive Modular Law Enforcement Academy which consists of the following classes:

Law Enforcement Academy Classes
Course Hours
ADJ 2014 – Regular Basic Course Module III 177
ADJ 2516 – Regular Basic Course Module II 208
ADJ 2517 – Regular Basic Course Module I 548

Cadets must complete the Law Enforcement Academy Modules in the following order – III, II, and I. Completing all three modules fulfills the minimum training requirements for employment in the State of California as a fulltime Peace Officer.

Admission Requirements

Each academy class is limited to forty cadets and applications will be accepted in order of their receipt. Applicants must:

  • Minimum age to enter the Academy is 18
  • Complete the College of the Siskiyous application process
  • Obtain written clearance to possess firearms from the Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprinting. Students must obtain DOJ Clearance prior to the first day of the academy.
  • Be free of any felony convictions or legal mandates that restrict or prohibit employment as a law enforcement officer or possession of a firearm.
  • Possess a valid driver's license
  • All students must complete a medical clearance

The first step to Academy entrance is successful completion of the PELLETB (POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery). The PELLETB is a multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank written examination designed to measure reading and writing ability.

Test results are good for one year. You may take the test as many times as needed to obtain a passing score.

To schedule an appointment, please email the Law Enforcement Academy:

To see a practice exam, please visit:

In addition to the PELLETB, you will be required to perform the following:

  • A 1.5 mile run in less than 20 minutes
  • A minimum of 20 push-ups in 2 minutes
  • A minimum of 30 sit-ups in 2 minutes

Academy Dates
Course Start Date End Date
ADJ 2014 – Regular Basic Course Module III 7/1 8/2
ADJ 2516 – Regular Basic Course Module II 8/5 9/13
ADJ 2517 – Regular Basic Course Module I 9/16 12/13
Course Start Date End Date
ADJ 2014 – Regular Basic Course Module III 1/2 2/7
ADJ 2516 – Regular Basic Course Module II 2/10 3/21
ADJ 2517 – Regular Basic Course Module I 3/24 6/20
PELLETB and Physical Assessment

We offer the PELLETB test once every 5 weeks on Saturdays at 9:00 am, immediately followed by the Physical Assessment and we are usually finished by 12:30 pm or 1:00 pm. To find a test date that works for you, please contact Academy Staff by email at or by phone at (530) 938-5990.

Costs (Approximate)

Item Cost
Registration (enrollment fee)
43 semester units ($46/unit) CALIFORNIA RESIDENT
Health Fee $20
Misc. Student Fees $11
On-Campus Parking Free
POST Student Workbooks
POST Student Workbooks can be viewed and downloaded at the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training website. Cadets can use their own laptop or tablet or they can use the academy laptop they will be assigned.
Vehicle and Penal Codes
Vehicle and Penal Code books are available for use in the classroom.
Uniforms $500 (Approximately)
Physical Training Clothing
Physical Training Clothing will be purchased online through a link to Sportsman’s Den, which is provided in the Uniforms Specifications.
$230 (Approximately)
Firearms are provided for use during the academy and are property of the academy.
Cadets are not required to purchase their own.
Ammunition Material Fee
Includes all handgun ammunition only, Does not include shotgun ammunition
CPR Certification
Includes books and certificates
Additional Expenses
There are approximately 25 days of off-site training throughout the academy creating additional fuel and meal cost for cadets. There are roughly 900 miles of travel to and from off-site training locations for Range and EVOC.
Varies based on current fuel prices

Law Enforcement Academy Contact Information

Law Enforcement Academy Director

Louis Mero

Louis Mero
Phone: (530) 938-5599

Law Enforcement Academy Coordinator

Hoyt Bradley

Sgt. Hoyt Bradley
Phone: (530) 938-5970

Program Coordinator, CTE (ADJ)

Madolyn Jackson

Madolyn Jackson
Phone: (530) 938-5990

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