How to join Riverside Police Department’s Citizen Academy
By Staff report
Riverside residents who want to better understand police operations and how to contribute to community safety can participate in Riverside Police Department’s Citizen Academy.
The next academy session is set for Thursday, Feb. 15, and will require a once-a-week commitment through Thursday, April 19.
According to officials, the academy will include classes on neighborhood watch, traffic safety and how to report crimes.
There will be no formal training in law enforcement techniques.
Community Services Bureau spokesman Drew Wallace said attendees will come away with a “basic insight” into how police officers do their jobs.
“All sessions are in a classroom setting, and no physical training will take place,” he said.
Most classes will be held at the Police Department’s Magnolia Station, on the west end of the city.
Applications are being accepted now. Applicants are required to undergo a “minimal background check” prior to acceptance.
Anyone interested can download an application at riversideca.gov/rpd/community/academy.asp or contact program coordinator Enrique Barboza at 951-826-5704.