The Regular Basic Course (academy) is the entry-level training requirement for many California peace officers, as specified in Commission Regulation 1005. The Regular Basic Course curriculum is divided into 42 individual topics, called Learning Domains. The Learning Domains contain the minimum required foundational information for given subjects, which are detailed in the Training and Testing Specifications for Peace Officer Basic Courses. The training and testing specifications for a particular domain may also include information on required instructional activities and testing requirements.
There are several Basic Training Academies that prospective officers can attend and graduate from. The police academy is the starting point of a police officer’s career. What recruits learn in the academy will aid in their learning throughout their careers. The academy bases the mission of policing on four elements: (a) protecting and serving the public, (b) enhancing the quality of life, (c) generating and maintaining public trust, and (d) upholding individual liberties and constitutional rights.