Montebello Police Department's Citizens' Academy



It’s time once again for the Montebello Police Department’s Citizens' Police Academy. This program is both engaging and informative and is designed to increase understanding of the Police Department's operations. It also allows our community members the opportunity to interact with our outstanding personnel.  Some of the topics covered include: 

  • Patrol Operation                                         
  • Investigations       
  • Mental Health Evaluation Team
  • Gangs
  • K9 Program 
  • Dispatch 
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Community Relations Unit
  • Narcotics
  • Evidence
  • Drones / UAV
  • Special Response Team (SRT)    

Students will participate in informative classroom-style presentations as well as practical demonstrations with a variety of Police Department personnel.  Activities include a police facility tour, a jail tour, real world exercises, fingerprinting and crime scene investigation, and other demonstrations.  

Instructors are drawn from all areas in the Department. Students meet the Chief of Police, Captains, managers, supervisors, patrol officers, detectives, dispatchers, and other department employees. We encourage students to ask questions and express their concerns about pertinent issues. A major goal of the Citizens' Academy is to increase understanding between our community and the Police Department and to enhance the strong relationships we have with the community.

While the Academy will give students a better understanding of how the Police Department is organized, the services we provide, and how we serve the community, it is not based on a traditional police academy.  The program is not designed to prepare students to be police officers or provide training in the field of law enforcement. A typical Citizens' Academy class is made up of 20-25 students of all age groups, and instructors will accommodate any physical limitations.

The Academy is 6 weeks long, with a two and a half-hour class each Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All classes are held at the police department located at 1600 W. Beverly Blvd. in Montebello.

Application Process

Prospective participants for the Citizens' Academy must:

  • Live or work in Montebello
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have no felony convictions, outstanding warrants, or pending criminal cases
  • All applicants will be required to submit to a criminal background check before acceptance into the Academy.

If you are interested in joining us, submit an application today! Application forms are available at the Police Department's front desk, by email on request, or through the link at the bottom of this page.

Completed applications must be returned to Corporal Scott Howard via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), mail (Montebello Police Department, ATTN: CPL. S. Howard, 1600 W. Beverly Blvd Montebello, CA 90640), or by hand at the front desk. After a preliminary review to confirm eligibility, a list will be compiled and students will be assigned to the next available session. Eligible students will be admitted on a first come first serve basis.

For further information, please contact Program Coordinator, Corporal Scott Howard at 323-887-1342 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Next Class

  • May 9, 2019 – June 13, 2019 - (Accepting applications)


 Citizen Academy Application PDF.pdf


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1600 W. Beverly Blvd.
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 887-1313