WHAT IS THE CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY?
The Saratoga Springs Police Department conducts a Citizen’s Academy to promote a better understanding and working knowledge of the Police Department. Our goal is to provide an educational environment for one to learn 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.
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, discussions, 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.
- Traffic Stops
- High-Risk Stops
- Criminal Investigations
- Blood Splatter
- Virtual Simulator
- Special Operations/S.W.A.T.
- Use of Force
- Active Attacker
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 6:30-8:30 pm. The specific day of the week when classes are held changes with each class. The duration of the Academy is approximately eight to nine (8-9) weeks. The classes are limited in size. Citizens who 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.
Class members must be 21 years of age, and with good standing in the community. Applicants must pass a background check and must reside in the City of Saratoga Springs.
To apply for the Citizen's Academy the individual applying needs to fill out the following form: