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OWB Citizen Community Police Academy

Operations-West Bureau hosts the Community Police Academy for all West Bureau Community members.

Purpose

The ten-week academy is designed to give community members an overview of the Los Angeles Police Department's policies and procedures. The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to the traditional law enforcement academy; however, the weekly sessions are not designed to certify the participant as a law enforcement officer.

Through the Community Police Academy, enrolled students will be encouraged to build a lasting partnership with the Department, with the ultimate goal of reducing crime and improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods.

Academy Schedule

The ten-week courses are held at various locations within the West Bureau area. The courses conclude with a graduation ceremony.

Details on off-site training locations will be presented during the first class. There is no fee to attend the Community Police Academy. Due to limited class space, candidates are accepted on a first come, first served basis, until each class is filled.

Community Police Academy Overview

The Operations-West Bureau Community Police Academy will provide community members with an inside look at the Police department and various facets of law enforcement. During the ten-week academy, students will be introduced to police operations and participate in a firearms training simulation. Classes will be conducted on the organization of the LAPD and its history, patrol/detective operations, pursuits and traffic policies, child abuse, hate crimes, vice and gang operations, criminal law, a presentation by Metro Division (SWAT, K-9), domestic violence, narcotics, and Internal Affairs. The class will also participate in tours of LAPD’s new Police Administration Building, Air Support Division, and the Communications facility. The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to the traditional law enforcement academy; however the weekly sessions are not designed to certify the participant as a law enforcement officer.

The Academy will culminate with a graduation ceremony wherein students will be awarded their certificates of completion.

Instructors

Experienced police officers and staff will teach academy classes. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with Command staff from the area divisions and the Commanding Officer of Operations-West Bureau. Students are encouraged to ask questions and express their concerns to Department employees. The Los Angeles Police Department hopes to provide a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement's role in the community through the education provided by the Community Police Academy.

Participant Requirements

Candidates for the Community Police Academy must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be 18 years or older;
  • Live, work or attend school in Operations-West Bureau;
  • No prior felony convictions;
  • No outstanding warrants;
  • No pending criminal cases; and
  • Must be approved by an Area Commanding Officer.
Interested citizens should contact the Community Relations Office (CRO) of their local police station for applications;

  • Hollywood Area 213-485-4310
  • Pacific Area 310-202-2890
  • West Los Angeles Area 310-444-0730
  • Wilshire Area 213-473-0200
  • Olympic Area 213-382-9130
For registration and further information, please contact Operations-West Bureau, Officer R. Arnold at 213-473-0277.