LAPD’s Olympic Division will be sending 10 local residents to the next Community Police Academy, starting next Wednesday, August 9. 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, but the weekly classes do notcertify the participant as a law enforcement officer. Enrolled students will, however, 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.)
This opportunity is available only to the first 10 people who respond and fill out an application, which can be dropped off at the Olympic Station, 1130 S. Vermont Ave., or e-mailed.
The ten-week course is held at various locations within the West Bureau area. Details on off-site training locations will be presented during the first class. There is no fee to attend the training, but due to limited class space, candidates are accepted on a first come, first served basis, until each class is filled.
Classes 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. There will also be sessions 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 Academy will culminate with a graduation ceremony at which students will receive certificates of completion.
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, at 213-473-0277.