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Citizen Police Academy 

The Citizen Police Academy is designed to enhance relationships by familiarizing academy participants with the Santa Rosa Police Department, its policies, and practices.

The intent of the Citizen Police Academy is not to train citizens to become police officers, but to show participants first-hand the daily responsibilities and expectations of the occupation of police officers and other department employees. Police staff, who possess a wide variety of skills, training and experience, provide the instruction. Participants ask questions, discuss issues, view demonstrations, and experience a variety of the same training drills officers complete in order to perform their myriad of duties.  Participants will also have an opportunity to experience a ride-along and sit-along with SRPD Officers and Dispatchers. Participants learn about:

  • Criminal Justice System
  • Patrol Policies and Procedures
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Narcotics Operations
  • Firearms Safety and Training
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Hostage Negotiation Team
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations
  • Neighborhood Oriented Policing
  • Crime Prevention

It is desired that upon completion of the Citizen Police Academy, participants will have a clearer understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and community interaction expected from department personnel and will share their knowledge with others in the community.

 Citizen Police Academy: 

You must be 18 or over, a resident who lives or works in Santa Rosa and have no felony convictions. Participants will be selected from submitted applications.  Please answer all questions on the application.

A limited background check will be completed on the candidates selected for the course.

Candidates accepted to the Academy are notified prior to the start of a new Academy.

The Citizen Police Academy will start January 18, 2017Classes will be held every Wednesday evening from 6:00pm to 9:00p through March 15th.  There will also be 2 Saturday classes which are currently being scheduled.

Click Here for an application. Applications must be received by December 23rd.

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