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Citizen's Police Academy

Post Date:02/16/2017

El Cajon Police Citizen’s Academy Begins March 29th


The El Cajon Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2017 Citizen’s Police Academy. The Citizen’s Police Academy is a ten-week program that allows members of the community to learn how their police department functions. Students will attend weekly classes and learn about topics that include: the history of law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and crime scene investigation. Students will see presentations from the various divisions within the Police Department and participate in hands-on exercises, such as conducting traffic stops, dusting for fingerprints, and a firearms simulation.


The academy will begin on Wednesday, March 29, and conclude with a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 31. Classes will be held every Wednesday, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the El Cajon Police Station, in the Community Room, located at 100 Civic Center Way, in El Cajon. Everyone is encouraged to apply; however, citizens and business people in the city of El Cajon will be given priority.  You must be 18 years old to participate.  A total of 25 students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, pending a background check and approval.  Applications must be received by March 10th.  Applicants will be notified of their application status via mail by March 20.


An application for the Citizen’s Police Academy can be downloaded by clicking here.  If you are unable to download the application, they are available at the front counter of the Police Department, or one can be mailed to you.  Applications must be dropped off or mailed to: El Cajon Police Department, Attn: Samantha Scheurn, 100 Civic Center Way, El Cajon, CA 92020. Emailed applications will not be accepted.  Applications will be taken in the order received and all applications received after the first 25 will be placed on a waiting list. 


If you have any questions or need an application,

please contact Police Services Officer Samantha Scheurn at (619) 579-4227

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