Module II

COD Course Code: BPOT-002 12 Units


  • Minimum age to enter the academy is 18
  • Complete the application process with the College of the Desert
  • Possess a Department of Justice for firearms clearance (DOJ Clearance Letter) after fingerprinting
  • Possess valid drivers license
  • All students must complete a health questionnaire, and if necessary, obtain a medical clearance
  • Be free of any felony convictions or legal mandates that restrict or prohibit employment as a law enforcement officer or possession of a firearm
  • Recruits should be in good physical condition
  • For Module II students only, previously passed the P.O.S.T. Module III End of Course Proficiency Test within the preceding 12 months
* Note: Since Fall semester of 2017, Module II POST constructed Learning Domain tests have transitioned into one comprehensive examination (End of Course). In addition, Arrest Methods/Defensive Tactics skills testing and Firearms skills testing must be successfully completed​

Instructions on how to fulfill these requirements prior to the first day of the Academy will be given at the Information Session.


This Basic Peace Officer Training (BPOT) is a 16 week, 268 hour discipline/stress oriented program and is the second component of the Academy. The curriculum emphasizes Community Relations, Investigative Report Writing, Cultural Diversity, Search & Seizure, Arrest/Control & Baton, and Firearms. In addition, recruits will be subjected to inspections, training in formation, physical exercises (running, push-ups, sit-ups, successfully clear a six foot wall, etc.), and marching with facing movements. Recruits attend the Academy in full uniform, are required to purchase their own physical training gear and other miscellaneous supplies. This course is designed/intended for employed or aspiring candidates who wish to meet all training requirements for a Reserve Officer, Level II, in the state of California.


The class meets Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights from 6:00PM-10:00PM, and Saturdays from 8:00AM- 5:00PM.


Students must have successfully completed Module III and must have passed the P.O.S.T. comprehensive Module III End-of-Course Proficiency Test within the preceding 12 months. Module II students are required to bring a copy of their POST Profile as verification of this requirement. POST Profile request forms may be obtained through the following POST link: Please allow sufficient amount of time for POST to process your request (2-3 weeks). Additionally, on the first day of Module II, all recruits should bring a copy of their DOJ Clearance Letter. Recruits will not be permitted to take the course without a current DOJ Clearance Letter issued within six (6) months prior to the start of the class, any DOJ Clearance Letter issued more than six months prior to the start of the class will not be accepted). An exception is a recruit who obtains a letter, typed on departmental letterhead, from a state recognized law enforcement agency which agrees to sponsor the recruit in firearms training. If the recruit is sponsored by a law enforcement agency, the law enforcement agency shall incorporate in the letter that the recruit is not prohibited from possessing a firearm in California. ANY recruit convicted of a felony will not be allowed to possess a firearm in California. To obtain a DOJ Clearance Letter, the recruit must be fingerprinted through the Live Scan Fingerprint Service and the provider of the Service will submit the fingerprints to the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice will issue the recruit a DOJ Clearance Letter allowing the recruit to possess a firearm in California or a denial letter which prevents the recruit from possessing a firearm in California. Please allow DOJ four (4) to six(6) weeks to process fingerprints. Live Scan Fingerprint Services may be obtained through local law enforcement agencies or private vendors. To obtain Request for Live Scan Service form follow posted link: (Note: FBI should be selected as the "Level of Service")



An equipment list will be provided at the Academy Orientation Meeting. However, here is a list of equipment should you choose to purchase them early. Items marked with (*) are the absolute minimum required for the first day of class after orientation.

  • All equipment from Module III *
  • Sam Browne *
  • Four (4) Keepers *
  • Silent Key Holder *
  • Flashlight Holder *
  • One additional set of hand-cuffs *
  • One additional hand-cuff case *
  • All Leather gear must be Basket Weaved and Nickel button snap. NO COPPER/BRASS/NYLON OR VELCRO.
  • Firearms authorized for recruits are semi-automatic, double-action pistols in 9mm, 10mm, .357, .40-.45 calibers. No revolvers are allowed.
  • **Any Module III Recruit who intends to utilize a College of the Desert Sig Sauer P320 firearm, shall purchase a holster conducive to the Sig Sauer P320 and magazine pouches.​


The following is a partial listing of course content:

  • Policing in the Community
  • Crime Scenes, Evidence, and Forensics
  • Cultural Diversity & Discrimination
  • Property Crimes
  • General Criminal Statutes
  • Search and Seizure
  • Vehicle Pullovers
  • Firearms/Chemical Agents (day & night shooting)
  • Crimes in Progress
  • Arrest Methods/Defensive Tactics/Impact Weapon Use
  • Investigative Report Writing


The following course materials are required to be in the possession of ALL students on the first day of class. Students may access these course materials through the link provided.


Graduating Module-II recruits may apply for a Police Reserve Certificate of Achievement through College of the Desert.

Instructions for filling out the application:

  1. Click and log into "MyCOD Portal" on the main website.
  2. Click "A&R Forms" located on the left side of the webpage.
  3. Select "Certificate Application."
  4. Please fill out the application completely.
  5. Click "Submit" at the bottom of the page.


A recruit must successfully complete Modules III & II to be certified as a Reserve Officer, Level II. A recruit must still be appointed as a Reserve Officer, Level II and may perform general law enforcement duties with immediate supervision of a Reserve Officer, Level I, or a full-time regular officer. The Reserve Officer, Level II, may also perform all Reserve Officer, Level III, duties without immediate supervision.

**** Successful completion of this course is necessary for entry into Module I ****​​​​​​