Community Police Academy

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Download the FileSan Francisco Community Police Academy Application (docx)
A completed application and all required supplemental documents (e.g., A paragraph "why you want to participate in this training program") must be submitted for consideration.

What is the Community Police Academy (CPA)?

The Community Police Academy is a ten-week program that is designed to inform interested participants about various aspects of municipal policing, including emergency communications, first aid, patrol procedures and so much more. Classes meet once a week on Wednesdays. Students also get to participate in a ride-along with police officers at the end of the program. (This is not a course to become a police officer).

What are the Academy's goals?

The San Francisco Community Police Academy’s goals are to develop community awareness through education and to develop a closer understanding and relationship between the San Francisco Police Department and its communities.

Participants are encouraged to ask questions and offer comments within each class.

What are the requirements to attend?

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Live or work in San Francisco
  • No Felony convictions
  • No Misdemeanor convictions within one year of application
  • Candidates are expected to attend all classes

Download the FileSan Francisco Community Police Academy Application (docx)

What is the selection process?

The Community Police Academy participants are selected by the program coordinators after the application is completed, along with a paragraph as to why you would like to be a participant in the program. Applications are handled on a first come, first serve basis and enrollment is limited to twenty-five students per class.

Where and when are the classes held?

The ten-week program will be starting on January 11, 2017 at the San Francisco Police Headquarters, 1245 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94158 and will be from 6:30pm-9:00pm on Wednesday nights. Some presentations will be held off-site. Completed applications will be reviewed as they are received.

The January 11, 2017 class has been filled. If you were not accepted into the first class, you will be placed on the wait list for the next class. We plan to have the Community Police Academy classes on a continuous basis.

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