The South Pasadena Police Department is accepting enrollment in its Citizens’ Academy that will begin on Wednesday, April 10.
Classes are held every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for 10 weeks at the city’s Emergency Operations Center inside the South Pasadena Fire Department.
The Citizens’ Academy is an informative hands-on program designed to provide students a better understanding of law enforcement in the community.
Each class covers a specific topic which includes dispatcher/communications, patrol, use of force, traffic enforcement, crime analysis, K9 operations, School Resource Officer, and DUI.
Graduating students are eligible to participate in a ride-along with a patrol officer.
The goal of the Citizens’ Academy is “for graduating students to have an increase understanding of the police department, and how the partnership between the community and the police can help reduce crime,” explained Richard Lee, a crime prevention officer with the department.
Students must meet the following requirements:
- Minimum of 18 years of age.
- Reside in South Pasadena.
- No felony or misdemeanor convictions.