Community Police Academy

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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 Thursdays. 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).

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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

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.

Mail the completed packet to:
Community Engagement Dividion
C/O Community Police Adademy Coordinator
3401 17th Street,
San Francisco, CA 94110

What is the selection process?

The program coordinators will select the Community Police Academy participants after the application packet is completed. Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis and enrollment is limited to twenty-five students per class. Once a class is filled, the remaining applications will be placed on a wait list in the order received.

If you have any questions about the course you can email us at: [email protected]

Where and when are the classes held?

The ten-week program meets on Thursday nights from 630-9pm in the Media Room in the lobby of the San Francisco Police Headquarters located at 1245-3rd St San Francisco, Ca 94158. Some presentations will be held off-site. We plan to have the Community Police Academy classes on a continuous basis. The next class is scheduled to start on June 22nd, 2017.

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