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Youth Citizen Police Academy 

The Youth 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.

Qualifications for the Youth Citizen Police Academy: 

You must be between the ages of 16-18 years of age, a resident who lives or attends high school in Santa Rosa, earn a 2.0 GPA or better 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 Youth Citizen Police Academy will start September 20, 2016

Click Here for an application.

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