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Citizen's Police Academy

What is the Citizen's Police Academy?

The Salt River Police Department is very pleased to provide the community with an inside look at our practice of local law enforcement through our Citizen Police Academy. The program is comprised of 9 sessions designed to give participants an overview of the department and its functions, responsibilities and operational procedures. Classes are taught by police officers, police executives and highly specialized civilian employees of the SRPD. In addition, citizens have the opportunity to interact with the Chief of Police and other members of the Department.

Throughout the academy, classes are conducted in a variety of formats. These may consist of demonstrations, discussions, lectures and interactive exercises.

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Officers Garcia and Lopez teach canine class with Redd.

There is no cost involved and all class materials are provided to participants. Classes can cover a variety of topics such as:

  • SRPD History
  • Recruitment and Training
  • Police/Fire Communications
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Evidence Identification and Collection
  • DUI Investigations
  • Community Policing Programs
  • School Resource Officers/Explorers
  • Gangs
  • Narcotics
  • The Bike Team

Activities and demonstrations include:

  • Simulated Traffic Stop/Scenario
  • K-9 Demonstration
  • Salt River Rangers

When Are the Academy Classes?

The Salt River Police Department offers the Citizen's Police Academy a minimum of once a year. In the past the Citizen's Police Academy classes would meet one night per week, 2.5 hours per session, for nine weeks. The Salt River Police Department recognizes this can be very difficult to commit to for many individuals, so we have changed the format to a one day session. Now attendees will be given a chance to learn about several key areas of the Salt River Police Department by spending one complete day with us.

The 2017 Citizen’s Police Academy will be held on May 20th, at the Two Waters Complex at 10005 E. Osborn Road. Seats are limited so if you are interested please sign up right away. If the department receives a lot of interest in this new format, we may consider conducting another shortly after the beginning of the new year.

If you are having difficulty signing up, or you have further questions, please give us a call at 480-850-8200.

How Do I Apply?

Pick up and complete the application form and turn into the Salt River Police Department or mail to:

The Salt River Police Department
Attn.: Public Information Officer
10137 East Osborn Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85256

Email: srpdpio@srpmic-nsn.gov
Contact Person: Det. O. Jakupi (Public Information / Community Relations)
Contact Number: 480-362-6309

You can also download a copy of the application: CPA Application [MS Word]

How Am I Selected?

Citizen's Police Academy participants are selected through an application process conducted by the SRPD staff and approved by the Chief of Police.

Each Citizen's Academy class has a limited enrollment. Candidates for the Citizen's Police Academy must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Live or work on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Pass a background check
  • Sign a waiver form
  • Be of reasonably good health

Any requirement may be waived or modified upon the review and approval of the Chief of Police.

Note: The SRPD Citizen's Police Academy is in no way designed to train participants to act as law enforcement officers.