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 Community Policing, Crisis Intervention, Officer Involved Shootings, 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

**Please note: this class and classroom are not set up to facilitate children, 17 and under.

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 Division
C/O Community Police Academy 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. The Community Police Academy classes will be held on a continuous basis. The September 14, 2017 class has been filled and the next scheduled class will be in mid-January 2018.

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