Citizen's Police Academy

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Citizen's Police Academy


The San Francisco State University Citizen’s Police Academy is a program designed to educate members of the campus community about law enforcement on our campus through various methods of instruction including lectures, activities, discussions and scenario training. In addition to learning about law enforcement and community service, students will have the opportunity to explore new career opportunities and develop relationships that will last well beyond the course.


  • To promote the San Francisco State University Police Department as an agency that is dedicated to the students, staff and faculty of our campus, and to the community we live in.
  • To educate the public about the necessity of a positive community/police relationship.
  • To provide members of the public the opportunity to learn from officers who have knowledge in a variety of areas of law enforcement.
  • To provide transparency and build trusting relationships with the members of our community.
  • To have fun!

The Citizen’s Police Academy is not designed to be a substitute for accredited law enforcement training and does not make a participant a certified law enforcement officer nor is it designed to train citizens to perform any law enforcement duties. Further, the Citizen’s Police Academy does not provide legal advice or teach people how to circumvent the law.

Participant Requirements:

  1. Participation in all activities and discussion.
  2. Participants are allowed two absences each.
  3. Each student will complete one 4 hour ride-along with a University Police Officer. A ride-along will be arranged through the Citizen’s Police Academy Coordinator. Each participant must complete a waiver prior to participating in a ride-along.
  4. Participants must adhere to campus rules and parking fees.


Application Information:

Classes are held every Wednesday during the 10 week Academy from 1800-2100. The next Academy dates have not been announced or determined. To qualify, you have to be an SFSU student, faculty or staff member and applicants are subject to a minimal background check prior to being accepted.

Please fill out an application if you are interested:

SFSUPD CA Application


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