The Tustin Police Department is accepting applications for its newest Citizen’s Academy, a 17-week program that gives those who work or live in Tustin a glimpse into what it takes to be a police officer.
Residents get to know police officers and professional staff, learn about police tactics, tour the station, and learn about the issues facing law enforcement today.
The program provides the students with insight into the working operations of the police department. With instruction from both sworn and civilian personnel, the Citizen Academy instruction includes sections on the criminal justice system, traffic, patrol, firearms, use of force, crime scene investigation, weaponless defense, communications and dispatch, school resources officers, investigations, gangs, graffiti, professional standards, K9 units, the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, the Police Officer’s Association, and much more.
Academy students must be at least age 18, live or work in Tustin, have no felony convictions, and have no serious misdemeanor arrests within a year of submitting their application. Applications for the academy are available online and at the front counter of the Tustin Police Department at 300 Centennial Way. Once the application is submitted, applicants will be contacted for a brief interview.
Classes are held at the Tustin Police Department from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Feb. 1 and lasting 16 weeks. The Citizen’s Academy is offered twice a year, organized by the Tustin Police Department’s Professional Standards Division.