There will be a Citizens' Police Academy graduation on Tuesday, December 5, in the auditorium of the Police Academy, 350 Amber Drive, at 8:00 P.M. There will be about 20 students graduating.
A concept first developed in England in 1977 and in the United States in Orlando, Florida in 1985, the concept has since spread to many police jurisdictions. San Francisco held its first Citizens' Police Academy in 1994.
The role of the Citizens' Police Academy is to teach community members about the many facets of the SFPD, while enhancing positive relations between the police and the community through education. The Citizens' Police Academy is thus an important component of community policing.
In addition to extensive classroom instruction on many police-related topics, students go on a ride-along, get tours of police facilities, participate in a firearm simulator exercise, and attend an actual court trial.
For more information, please contact:
Officer Maria Oropeza
SFPD Police Academy
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103