The Martinez Regional Criminal Justice Training Center, operated by Martinez Adult Education, is dedicated to providing high-quality training and educational programs for public safety personnel. The center offers entry-level and advanced instruction in areas that meet the needs of individuals as well as public and private agencies.
These courses are certified by the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST).
Law Enforcement is a physically demanding career, and training must prepare candidates for these challenges. Candidates must report to training in good physical condition with no medical problems which would prohibit them from engaging in rigorous physical activity.
Please note: prior to attending an academy, you need to secure all days to be in attendance as POST has a strict attendance policy. You can only miss 5% of each Module. Hours cannot be any mandatory training, such as driving, arrest & control, firearms, CPR & 1st Aid, and some lecture classes. We cannot make-up these training classes, so please plan accordingly. If you have any questions, please contact me immediately.
Academy applicants MUST NOT have any FELONY CONVICTIONS! In addition, you cannot have any Drug, Weapons, Assault, Domestic Violence convictions or previous psychological holds! You are not eligible if you even have a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) relating to weapons, assaults or domestic violence! Some psychological holds can also disqualify you from taking this course. Your background with DOJ will not clear if you have any of these in your background.
Recruits are expected to meet the POST requirements for being hired as a police officer. The following may be a dis qualifier for employment:
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;
The POST courses are very rigorous and challenging. It is a rewarding accomplishment to complete the program(s) and the staff wants you to be successful in achieving your career goals. This assessment is designed to assist you in determining your suitability for the program and provide further insight into the training expectations. Together with your family members, answer the following questions to determine whether you are ready to undertake the demands of the law enforcement academy training. You need to be 100% committed to the program and take it seriously. If you think this is just another course, this may not be the right time for you to take the academy.
NOTE: Information is accurate at the time of posting, and may change without notice. All agencies have their own background policies when it comes to DUIs, traffic violations, and drug use, including marijuana. The self-assessment is a tool for you to see if you are ready to take the next step.
Martinez Regional Criminal Justice Training Center offers the training required under section 832(a) of the California Penal Code for "limited function peace officers" per regulation 1005(a)(7) & (8) of the Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (POST). (See excerpts from definitions and sections below).
(b) (1) Every peace officer described in this chapter, prior to the exercise of the powers of a peace officer, shall have satisfactorily completed the course of training described in subdivision (a).
This is the first of three modules of the Regular Basic Course Modular format for peace officer training and is a prerequisite to Module II. This course includes fundamental principles, procedures and techniques of law enforcement, including criminal law, patrol procedures, cultural diversity, investigative procedures, report writing, defensive tactics, firearms, community relations, police vehicle operations, traffic enforcement and first aid/CPR. This course meets the classroom requirements for the student to function as a Level 3 Police Reserve Officer. Students are required to have a valid driver’s license and DOJ clearance letter dated within 90 days prior to first day of class.
Module III starts September 19, 2023.
Each applicant must complete the Academy Application process. Contact our main office for registration questions at (925) 335-5890.
Additional application materials needed: medical clearance, proof of medical insurance, a copy of your valid driver's license and DOJ Firearms Clearance.
This is the second of three modules of the Regular Basic Course Modular format for Peace Officer training and is a prerequisite to Module I. Course content is a minimum of 189 hours and meets the requirements for the student to function as a Level 2 Police Reserve Officer. Cost: $1,250, $140 for uniform not included in fee. Please bring check, credit or debit card to orientation. Accepted for transfer between Martinez Adult Education and Monterey Peninsula College.