Calling all Sierra Vista residents: Join the Citizen Police Acad - Tucson News Now

Calling all Sierra Vista residents: Join the Citizen Police Academy

SIERRA VISTA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Interested in law enforcement and live in the Sierra Vista area, why not apply to the upcoming Citizen Police Academy. 

The Sierra Vista Police Department will be hosting the next session beginning August 9, but applications must be in by Friday, June 22.  The academy takes place in the police department auditorium on Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for 12 weeks.  

Class size is limited to 25 students and spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and there is no cost to participate, light refreshments will also be provided. 

Included in the classes are tours of the SVPD and the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center, as well as hands-on simulated weapons training and assisting with evidence processing.  There is also an opportunity to observe dispatchers or ride-along with an on-duty officer. 

Sessions will cover several aspects of police work including traffic accident investigations, gang activity, constitutional law, arrest and control techniques, drug investigations, DUI enforcement, the tactical team, K9 officers, and the dispatch center. 

Graduates of the academy will have a broad understanding of SVPD operations.

Interested in attending the academy - there are few requirements: must be 18 years of age or older, live or work in the greater Sierra Vista area, have no prior felony convictions and no misdemeanor convictions involving violence or weapons and have no arrests within six months prior to application submission.  

Exceptions will be reviewed on an individual basis. After the submission of the information and application packet, the police department will conduct a limited background investigation. 

Application packets are available at the police department reception desk on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at www.SierraVistaAZ.gov by searching for “Citizen Police Academy Application.” 

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For more information, contact SVPD Lt. Anthony Venditto at (520) 452-7500.

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