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).

View the San Francisco Community Police Academy Schedule

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 theFile San 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.

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Where and when are the classes held?

The ten-week program meets on Thursday nights from 6:30pm-9:00pm and one Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the San Francisco Police Academy located at 350 Amber Drive San Francisco, Ca 94131. Some presentations will be held off-site. The Community Police Academy classes will be held on a continuous basis.

Schedule of future CPA Academy Classes (Beginning Date - Graduation Date):

  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 - Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • Thursday, January 24, 2019 - Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 - Thursday June 27, 2019 and Saturday, June 1st, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Schedule of future CPA Youth Academy Classes (Beginning Date - Graduation Date)

  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 - Thursday, August 15, 2019

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