Riverside Police Department

RPD Community Policing

Community Services Bureau


Citizen/Teen Academy

The Riverside Police Department's Citizen Academy was established in 1994 with the goal of providing community members with an inside look at how the department runs its day-to-day operation. In addition, the Citizen Academy provides an opportunity for community members to engage with department personnel. The 8-10 week course is designed to give citizens an overview of the department's function and operational methods. The course will provide an insight on how police personnel perform their duties.

The Citizen Academy will educate citizens and hopefully inspire participation in police-community partnerships, promote open lines of communication, develop lasting relationships, and promote programs such as Neighborhood Watch, Traffic Safety, and Crime Free Multi-Housing.

The Citizen Academy encourages involvement in community partnerships and volunteering. The Riverside Police Department offers a diverse selection of volunteer opportunities. Throughout the course, Department volunteers will share experiences and volunteer program information.

The Riverside Police Department in addition to the regular Citizen's Academy is now offering a Summer Teen Academy, that is a 8 week course. This academy is similar of that of the regular Citizen Academy but also introduces physical training in the curriculum.


Citizen Academy participants are selected through an application process that includes a limited background check. Candidates for the Riverside Police Department Citizen Academy must meet the following criteria:

  • Live within the City of Riverside
  • Must attend school within the City of Riverside
  • Must be employed within the City of Riverside
  • No felony convictions
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving violence or moral turpitude
  • No outstanding arrest warrants
  • No pending criminal charges
  • No prior termination from any police program
  • Must be honest and truthful on the application
  • Must sign a waiver for personal injury form
  • Must be able to commit to an 10 week program that involves meeting for three hours per session one night per week
  • Minimum age of 18 years old

Class size is limited to 40 students. All qualified applicants will be retained and considered for future classes. Attendance in a minimum of 8 classes is required for graduation.

Most sessions are conducted by police personnel in a classroom setting and do not involve physical training (with the exception of the Teen Academy). The current class starting soon is the Fall Citizen Academy and will be held starting September 13th to November 15th. Most classes will be held at the Magnolia Police Facility and run Thursday nights from 6PM-9PM.

The Citizen Academy Mission:

  • To provide a realistic view and a clear understanding of the Riverside Police Department.

  • To offer citizens new insight as to how police personnel, sworn and civilian, perform their duties.

  • To promote open lines of communication between the community and the Riverside Police Department.

  • To develop productive and lasting partnerships with citizens throughout the City of Riverside.


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