The SFPD Community Police Academy is a ten-week program open to members of the community and designed to provide an overview of SFPD structure and activities. Participants will learn about emergency communications, vehicle operations, bias training, and crisis intervention and may go on a ride-along with officers on patrol. The academy is not part of the training one would need to become a police officer, nor does it provide academic credit. Instead, it is intended for community members to learn more about reducing crime, improving quality of life in their neighborhoods and building relationships with law enforcement personnel. In turn, the Community Police Academy provides an opportunity for officers to improve their understanding of the people they serve.
Classes are free of charge and held throughout the year. The Community Police Academy meets once a week, on Thursdays, at:
San Francisco Police Academy
350 Amber Drive
San Francisco, CA 94131
Thursday evenings from 6:30 PM to 9 PM
- Must be 18 years or older (Our classes can’t accommodate children)
- Live or work in San Francisco
- No Felony convictions
- No Misdemeanor convictions within one year of application
- Participants are expected to attend all classes
Download the San Francisco Community Police Academy Application.
If between the ages of 14 and 18, participants can join our new Community Youth Academy.
Mail this application with the required supplemental documents, including a paragraph on why you want to participate, to:
Community Engagement Division
C/O Community Police Academy Coordinator
3401 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and enrollment is limited to twenty-five students per class. Once a class is filled, the remaining applicants will be placed on a wait list in the order that their applications were received.