Area adults can now apply for the Sierra Vista Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy, which is being planned to start in the late summer or early fall.
Classes are expected to take place in the SVPD auditorium on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. for 12 consecutive weeks. The academy schedule and activities are subject to change based on the latest state and federal guidance associated with COVID-19 and the status of local cases at that time. There is no cost to participate and light refreshments will be provided.
Academy activities typically include tours of the police department and the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center. Participants receive hands-on simulated weapons training, experience evidence processing, and can join an on-duty officer for a ride-along. The academy provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into local law enforcement, including: traffic collision investigations, gang activity, constitutional law, arrest and control techniques, drug investigations, DUI enforcement, the tactical team, K9 officers, and the history of the department.
The academy is open to adults 18 years of age or older, who live or work in the greater Sierra Vista area, have no prior felony convictions and no misdemeanor convictions involving violence or weapons, and have no arrests within six months prior to application submittal. Exceptions will be reviewed on an individual basis. After the submission of the information and application packet, the police department will conduct a limited background investigation.
Application packets are available at the police department reception desk on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or on the City’s website. Applications are due by Friday, June 26. Class size is limited to 25 participants and spots are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact SVPD Resource Specialist Lilly Perry at (520) 452-7500.