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Citizen Academy

The Citizen Academy is a 36-hour block of instruction designed to give the public knowledge of the Oro Valley Police Department. It consists of twelve classes, which are held once a week from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. The classes are free. The instruction is comprehensive and each week a different area of the Department is covered. Instruction is provided by sworn police personnel and civilian staff who work in those particular areas.

The slogan of the Citizen Academy is "Understanding Through Education"; and its goal is to provide the citizens enough information to dispel suspicions and misconceptions and to increase rapport through an educational process. The citizens, in turn, enable the officers and civilian staff to learn of their feelings and concerns. Lastly, the students are able to personally meet and talk with officers and civilian support staff in the Department.

We hope the graduates of each Citizen Academy will take their new knowledge out into the community, educate others when the opportunity arises and make decisions, which affect the Police Department and the Town with heightened awareness and better information.

Covered in this course of study will be such topics as:

Communications Community Policing Criminal Investigations DUI Investigation
Gangs Internal Affairs K-9's Patrol Functions
Police Psychology Property and ID Records SRO's
SWAT Task Force Operations Traffic Accident Investigation Traffic Enforcement

Standards for applicants are:

  • at least 18 years of age,
  • reside within the Town of Oro Valley boundaries,
  • never convicted of a felony and
  • never convicted of a misdemeanor involving violence or weapons.

Upon selection, each student will complete an application form, along with the necessary waiver, and each applicant will be photographed for ID cards.

Please check our Calendar for upcoming sessions.  If you have questions about the Citizen Academy Program, please contact, Officer Rick Rendon or call (520) 229-2900.

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