Citizen Police Academy Reopens

Citizen Police Academy Reopens


Committed to building relationships with the community, the Alameda Police Department (APD) is reopening the popular Citizen Police Academy. The Academy will allow participants to learn about and engage with APD officers and personnel through lectures and hands-on activities. Topics include officer training, patrol procedures, dispatching, traffic, APD’s canine unit, special investigations and more.

While the community has eagerly awaited the program’s return, so has APD staff. “I am excited that the program is coming back,” said APD Sergeant Dave Pascoe. “It gives the community a chance to see what it is like to be an officer outside of what’s seen on TV.” 

APD’s Citizen Police Academy will include 11 evening sessions hosted at APD headquarters. Upon successful completion of the Academy, participants can apply for APD’s Volunteer in Policing program to assist with future APD events. 

The Citizen Police Academy session will be held Tuesday evenings from Oct. 2 to Dec. 11, at 6:30 to 9 p.m. in APD headquarters at 1555 Oak St.

One class will be located at the Alameda County Santa Rita Jail. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation. 

To apply for the Citizen Police Academy, complete an Academy application available at and return it to the COPPS unit at Call Michaelia Parker at 337-8316 with any questions.