Alameda Citizen Police Academy

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The City of Alameda’s Citizen Police Academy is intended to strengthen the relationship with the community by giving citizens a better understanding of how their police department operates and how they can contribute to the community.


Program Overview

The Citizen Police Academy takes place Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. over the course of 11 weeks. The sessions are conducted at the Alameda Police Department, with the exception of an Alameda County Santa Rita Jail tour. Participants are responsible for their own transportation. 

Throughout the program, participants will engage with APD officers and personnel while covering a variety of topics – officer onboarding and training, patrol procedures, dispatching, the SAFE schools program, traffic, canine unit, special investigations, property crimes and more.

The academy concludes with a graduation ceremony. All graduates from Alameda’s Citizen Police Academy are welcomed to apply for APD’s Volunteer in Policing (VIP) program to assist in future department events and programs.

The course is not intended to train any participates as a law enforcement official or other role in any capacity.


Program requirements

At least 18 years of age;

Resident or business owner in the City of Alameda;

Willing to undergo a cursory background check;

Not convicted of any felonies;

Not convicted of any misdemeanor in the past year.


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Please return all completed applications to the COPPS Unit, or 1555 Oak Street, Alameda, Ca 94501 – ATTN: COPPS Unit


Alameda Police Department
1555 Oak Street
Alameda, CA 94501