Citizens Academy

WHAT IS THE CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY?

The Saratoga Springs Police Department conducts a Citizen’s Academy in order to promote a better understanding and working knowledge of the Police Department. Our goal is to provide an educational environment for one to learn of the basic duties of the Law Enforcement Officer. In addition, this course will provide a means to dispel myths, perceived suspicions, and misconceptions regarding the practices of Law Enforcement. The Citizen’s Academy presents an opportunity to promote civic awareness.

The Academy will provide an opportunity for classroom presentations and “hands-on” experience for the student. This program will provide valuable insight into the day-to-day operations of a Police agency.

COURSE OBJECTIVE

This program is designed to build a bond of mutual trust and respect between the Saratoga Springs Police Department and the Community it serves. In addition, the Academy highlights the importance of citizen involvement in public safety.

PROMOTING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Trained and experienced police officers provide class lectures, discussion, and demonstrations, which allow for student participation.

Each week, different aspects of Law Enforcement will be covered. This allows all participants to acquire a working knowledge of the daily activities that the Saratoga Springs police officers perform.

 CLASS TOPICS

Patrol
EVO
 Firearms
Criminal Investigations
DUI
School Resource Officer/DARE
CPR
Special Operations/SWAT
Communications
Use of Force
Community Services
Radar/Lidar
Crime Prevention
Domestic Violence

CLASS SCHEDULE AND ACADEMY ELIGIBILITY

Please contact the police department at (801) 766-6503 for the schedule of the next available class.  

Classes are held annually, and meet weekly from 7-9(30) pm. The specific day of the week when classes are held changes with each class. Please contact the police department for the specific day this year’s class will be on. The duration of the Academy is approximately eight to nine (8-9) weeks. The classes are limited in size. Citizens that successfully complete the Academy receive a Certificate of Completion.

Following completion of the Academy, graduates are eligible to apply for a position with the Saratoga Springs Police Department “VIPS” (Volunteers in Police Service) Program. The Academy will serve as its prerequisite. For more information about our “VIPS” program see our “VIPS” page.

ELIGIBILITY

Class members must be 21 years of age, with good standing in the community. Applicants must pass a background check, and must reside and/or work in the City of Saratoga Springs.