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Citizen's Police Academy

Citizen Police Academy

We are currently accepting applications for our next academy which begins March 31 and ends May 19, 2020.

Academy application (PDF)

Right click on the application and click "save link as" and save the application to your desktop. Fill out the application and return to the Community Awareness Division at the police department. You can also email the completed application to Sandra Bentil, sandra.bentil@stpete.org in the Community Awareness Division.

The academy consists of eight (8) weeks of instruction. Classes will meet Wednesday evenings from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the St. Petersburg Police Department, located at 1301 1st Avenue North. Attending this fun filled interactive academy will give you insight into police work.

*Completion of this course does not provide any official certification.

Due to the sensitive nature of some of the topics, applicants will be subjected to a limited background check to determine their suitability. The check will be limited to criminal history and warrant information. The information will not be used for any other purposes nor shared with any other persons or entity.

What is the Citizen's Police Academy?

The St. Petersburg Police Department has found that education has been most effective in gaining understanding and support from the community. The Citizen's Police Academy offers citizens insights into how police officers perform their duties and how the department serves the community.

Mission of the Academy

The purpose of the Citizen's Police Academy is to foster better communication between citizens and police through education. The academy creates a nucleus of well-informed citizens who possess greater insight into police practices and services.

Graduates of the academy are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with the community as the opportunity arises. Everyone benefits from enhancing citizen understanding of the role and function of their police department.

Course Description

The academy consists of an eight-week class which meets once a week. Each class consists of a three-hour block of instruction every Tuesday night from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. This instruction is comprehensive, covering a different area of the police department each week. Certified police officers, supervisors, and civilian instructors, with particular expertise, will conduct each topic.

The academy is held at the St. Petersburg Police Department, 1301 First Avenue North, St. Petersburg.

All classes are free.

Course Curriculum

  • Active Shooter
  • Tactical Apprehension and Control Team
  • Homicide Investigations
  • Traffic Enforcement (D.U.I.)
  • Crime Scene Processing/Forensic
  • Communications
  • K-9
  • Use of Force / Firearm Simulation

A vital part of the Academy is participation in a variety of "hands-on" learning experiences. Students will also have the option, on a voluntary basis, to "Ride-a-Long" with a patrol officer during his/her shift, or sit with a communication center dispatcher.

Who may attend the Academy?

Any interested citizen who resides or works in the City of St. Petersburg is encouraged to attend. Citizens involved with the community in some way, such as youth involvement, neighborhood watch, and neighborhood groups are very important to the academy.

Citizens 18 years of age or older.

NOTE: All applicants are subject to a criminal background check.


For more information, please contact:
Officer Ron Wolfson
Phone: 893-7141
Fax: 893-7773