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Citizen Police Academy

The Citizen Police Academy provides community members with an inside look at local law enforcement. During academy training, students will be introduced to a wide range of topics. The course is designed to provide citizens with an overview of the Police Department’s function and operational procedures. During the Academy, students will have an opportunity to ride in a marked patrol car, ride on the patrol boat and fire guns at the indoor shooting range.

Academy classes are taught by civilian and sworn police personnel of the San Rafael Police Department. Participants will meet the Chief of Police, and many members of the department.

The San Rafael Police Department offers two Academy sessions during the year. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Attendance is not mandatory, however it is highly encouraged. If you miss a class session, you will be given an opportunity to attend that session in our next, upcoming class. We welcome you to this opportunity to share an insight to the activity and issues within our community, and the complexity of law enforcement demands to satisfy those issues. Please click here to apply for our September 2012 class!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

- Is there an age or residence requirement?

There is a minimum age requirement of 18. There is no maximum age restriction. Applicants should live or work in San Rafael.

- Does this course prepare me to become a police officer?

No. The intent is not to train citizens to become police officers. This is an informational course to teach you about the different aspects of the police department.



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