What is the Citizen Police Academy?
The Lodi Police Department's Citizen Police Academy is a program that is designed to give the public a working knowledge and understanding of the values, goals, and operations of the City of Lodi Police Department. The objective of the Academy is to improve the lines of communication and help build a positive relationship between the Lodi Police Department and the community members we serve. This experience will afford citizens an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of their police department while allowing police to continue our mission of community engagement.
The Lodi Police Department believes that by working together with the public, we are better able to solve problems that face our community and ultimately improve the quality of life in the City of Lodi. This course is not intended for those wishing to explore or pursue a career in law enforcement, as it is by design, a program that only offers an overview of general police duties, responsibilities and operations.
The Academy consists of nine (9) three-hour sessions conducted on a weekly basis. Classes will take place every Wednesday, between 6:30pm-9:30pm. The Academy will be held at the Lodi Police Department Community Room, 215 W. Elm Street Lodi, CA 95240. There is no cost to attend.
During the Academy, citizens will be exposed to subject matter relating to the duties and responsibilities of police officers. The Academy will be instructed by police officers and supervisors from the Lodi Police Department with expertise in various areas of law enforcement. Topics will include drugs and gangs, a basic overview on the law affecting citizen's rights, officer involved shootings and use of force decision-making, DUI and traffic enforcement, K-9's, crime scene investigation, crisis negotiations, SWAT, EOD and firearms. Academy participants will also be given the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a Lodi police officer. Academy topics may be subject to change from year to year.
During classes, participants are encouraged to ask questions and give feedback concerning the operations of the Lodi Police Department. Additionally, citizens bring a wealth of knowledge about their community, particularly the problems unique to their neighborhoods. In this way, members of the Department learn firsthand of the concerns of its citizens by interacting with them in a positive, non-confrontational setting. It is our sincere hope that the well-informed graduates will become partners with us in identifying problems and providing solutions to quality of life issues that face our community.
- Residents or those who work in the City of Lodi who are at least 18 years of age.
- An interest in learning about their police department.
- No felony arrests or convictions (includes criminal traffic offenses).
- No misdemeanor arrests in the last 3 years
- Have completed an application and waiver of liability by the deadline.
- Be willing to submit to a background check.
Applicants must print and complete the application. The application must be mailed to the Coordinator whose name and address appears at the bottom of the application or dropped off at the Lodi Police Department. Applications and waivers will be accepted until the established deadline.
Applications and waivers received after the deadline will not be considered. Any applications and waivers that are submitted by email will not be accepted. No confirmation of receipt will be provided to the applicant.
Once the deadline has passed, all applications will be reviewed to help establish a pool of diverse candidates. A background check will be conducted to eliminate those applicants with a criminal record. The remaining applicants will then be evaluated to establish the final group that will comprise the 2015 Citizen Police Academy. All applicants will receive a letter from the Coordinator advising them of the outcome of their application process. The Academy screening process may take up to six weeks to complete after the application and waiver submission deadline. The criteria for screening applicants will include (but not be limited to):
- City geographical areas (districts)/distribution of neighborhoods
- Diversity to reflect the community we serve (i.e., gender, race, age)
- Review of application
- Information obtained from background investigation
The maximum class size for the Citizen Police Academy is generally limited to 20 candidates. All accepted candidates will be contacted and provided more specific information regarding the Academy. The candidates must commit to attending all of the sessions. It is understood that emergencies may arise, but candidates must contact the Coordinator to inform her/him of the need to miss the session and provide a reason. Unexcused or numerous absences may result in dismissal from the Academy.
Download the application.