The Police Department is proud to offer a Citizens' Police Academy to the Montebello community. 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
- K9 Program
- Traffic Enforcement
- 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, simulated exercises, firearms instruction, 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 7 weeks long, with one 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 (1600 W. Beverly Blvd).