Students in the Citizens’ Police Academy will participate in informative classroom-style presentations as well as practical demonstrations with a variety of Police Department personnel. Activities include a police facility tour, a jail tour, a simulated car stop exercise, firearms instruction in the shooting range, fingerprinting, and a crime scene investigation challenge. Each student will also be given the opportunity to go on one four-hour ride-along with a police officer during the course of the Academy.
Instructors are drawn from all areas in the Department. Students meet the chief of police, managers, supervisors, patrol officers, detectives, dispatchers, and other department employees. We encourage students to ask questions and express their concerns about pertinent issues. A major goal of the Citizens' Police Academy is to increase understanding between our citizens and the Police Department, and to enhance the strong relationships we have with the community.
While the Academy will give students a better understanding of how the Police Department is organized, the services we provide, and how we serve the community, it is not based on a traditional police academy. The program is not designed to prepare students to be police officers or provide training in the field of law enforcement. A typical Citizens' Academy class is made up of 24 students of all age groups, and instructors will accommodate any physical limitations.
Successful graduation of the Citizens' Police Academy is a pre-requisite for our Volunteer Program.
The Citizens’ Police Academy is 12 weeks long, with one three-hour class each Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Academy culminates in a graduation ceremony in Week 12, which friends and family are welcome to attend. All classes are held at the Police Department.
Sessions are held twice a year: once in the spring and once in the fall. Upcoming classes include:
- Spring 2022: March 2 through May 18
- Fall 2022: September 7 through November 23
Prospective participants for the Citizens' Police Academy must:
- Live or work in Newport Beach;
- Be at least 21 years old; and
- Have no felony convictions, outstanding warrants, or pending criminal cases.
All applicants will be required to submit to a criminal background check before acceptance into the Academy.
If you are interested in joining us, submit an application today! Application forms are available at our front desk, by mail on request, or through the link at the bottom of this page.
Completed applications must be returned to the Community Relations office either by mail (Newport Beach Police Department, ATTN: Citizens' Police Academy Coordinator, 870 Santa Barbara Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660), or in person at our front desk. After preliminary review to confirm eligibility, a list will be compiled and students will be assigned to the next available session.
For further information, please contact the Citizens' Police Academy program coordinator at 949-644-3662.
The Citizens' Police Academy application is available in PDF format here.