Citizen's Police Academy

The Culver City Police Department Citizens Police Academy is a program designed to educate residents and local citizens on the various aspects of law enforcement. It is for those interested in learning more about how the Culver City Police Department functions and operates. There are many misconceptions about police duties and the Academy will help dispel these notions and allow community members a closer look at their Police Department. 

The goal of the program is to open the lines of communication and encourage interaction between our police officers and the community. Graduates of the Academy will acquire a solid foundation of public safety information to share with others in the community.

The Citizens Police Academy is not intended to train the participants to be police officers, but rather it is designed for those interested in a deeper understanding of the various challenges and decisions that a Culver City Police Officer deals with on a daily basis. 

The Academy requires an 12-week commitment, as the sessions will meet Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 9:30PM. The academy runs once a year during the months of September-November. This includes the opportunity to attend a patrol ride-along. The course curriculum will include the Criminal Justice System, Development of a Police Officer, Tactical Options, Traffic Enforcement, Youth Services, Prevention and Assistance, Special Responses, Investigations and Community Preparedness. 

Persons selected to attend the Citizens Academy will be notified by mail and/or phone at least two weeks prior to the beginning of classes. The selection process requires a limited background check due to security concerns and the sensitive nature of some of the material. All applications will be retained and considered for future classes. 

Applications are now open for the Fall 2023 Academy.  

Citizens-Police-Academy-Application.pdf(PDF, 7MB)

Contact Lieutenant Robertson for additional information.