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Riverside Police Department recruiting for Citizens Academy

RPD says course gives citizens an overview of the department's policing methods

Participants in RPD's Citizens Academy learning forensics methods.
Riverside Police Department

Are you the person on your street who checks the Ring Neighbors app first thing when you wake up every morning? If so, Riverside Police Department (RPD) has an opportunity for you.

RPD’s next Community Police Academy begins on February 9. The Citizens Academy is an 11-week course RPD says is designed to give citizens an overview of the department’s function and operational methods.

Topics covered include:

  • Use of Force Options
  • Patrol and Traffic Operations
  • K-9 Team
  • SWAT
  • Aviation Unit
  • Forensics Services Bureau
  • Dispatch Communications
Credit: Riverside Police Department

Sessions run Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, most are held in the Community Room at the Department’s Magnolia Station.

Applicants must be 18 or older, live, work, or attend school within the City of Riverside, and pass an “informal background check.” Applications are open through January 30, 2023 or until class if full.