Regional Citizens Police Academy
What is the Regional Citizens Police Academy?
Over the last ten years the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Reno and Sparks Police Departments, has hosted multiple Citizens Police Academys. We have found that this type of education gives citizens a unique opportunity to examine the culture of police work and offers a look into the day to day life of a law enforcement officer. The academy provides citizens insight into how law enforcement officers perform their duties and how we protect the community we serve.
Mission of the Academy
The purpose of the Regional Citizens 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 and emergency response. Graduates of the Academy can 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 law enforcement agencies.
Instruction consists of either a 3-hour class held each on one weekday or an 8-hour class on the weekend for a duration of twelve weeks. This instruction is comprehensive, covering a different area each week. Certified law enforcement officers, supervisors, and civilian instructors with particular expertise will instruct each topic. Classes are limited to 30 citizen attendees. All classes are free.
- Tours of law enforcement facilities
Demonstrations and discussions concerning police operations including
- Criminal Law
- Traffic Stops
- Driving while Under the Influence (DUI)
- Repeat Offender Program
- Detective Operations
- Regional Gang Unit
- Sex Offender Unit
- Domestic Violence
- Bomb Squad
- K-9 Units
- Dispatch Operations
Crisis Incident Negotiation Teams
- Opportunity to drive a law enforcement vehicle
- Firearms Training
- Building Searches
- “FX” Training (where participants receive practical tactical experience by being placed in reality-based simulated law enforcement situations.)
A vital part of the Academy is participation in role playing and scenarios. These simulations will provide an opportunity for a unique "hands-on" learning experience.
When is the Academy?
The current RCPA will be held from May 16th through August 15th, 2013.
Thursday, May 16th: 6-9pm
Thursday, May 23rd: 6-9pm
Thursday, May 30th: 6-9pm
Thursday, June 6th: 6-9pm
Thursday, June 13th: 6-9pm
Thursday, June 20th: 6-9pm
Thursday, June 27th: 6-9pm
Thursday, July 11th: 6-9pm
Thursday, July 18th: 6-9pm
Saturday, July 27th: 8am – 4pm
Saturday, August 3rd: 8am – 4pm
Thursday, August 15th: 6-9pm
Who may attend the Academy?
- Any interested citizen who resides or works in Washoe County is encouraged to attend.
- Citizens 18 years of age or older.
- Citizens with no prior felony convictions.
How do I apply to the Citizens Police Academy?
Click HERE to print a copy of the current RCPA application (Must be turned in by the April 19th deadline.) Complete the application in its entirety and deliver in person to the front desk of any participating agencies. Identification such as a current driver’s license will be required at the time you submit your application.
Washoe County Reno Police Sparks Police
911 Parr Boulevard 455 E. 2nd Street 1701 E. Prater Way
Reno, Nevada 89512 Reno, Nevada 89501 Sparks, Nevada 89434
*Note: This is not an application for Police Recruit. Go to the employment page if you are interested in employment with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.
For more information, please contact:
Deputy Rick Pillon
ALL COURSES ARE FREE! CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED - APPLY NOW! (Deadline is April 19th)