Established in 2015, the Citizen Police Academy (CPA) was created with the mission to foster trust and communication by educating the Beverly Hills community in the daily aspects of law enforcement.
We are not accepting applications at this time. The next CPA will occur in Spring 2024. Please follow us on social media to stay up-to-date with all BHPD announcements. Send an email to email@example.com to be added to the CPA Application Notification List or if you have any questions about the program. Those added to the CPA Application Notification List will be notified to apply to the CPA.
Being a member of the Citizen Police Academy will give you behind-the-scenes experiences and knowledge of police work that many never have the chance to encounter. Participants will:
- Engage in practical, real, and meaningful hands-on experiences
- Gain insight into police policies, procedures, and training
- Have first-hand experiences with specialized units (K9, SWAT, Detectives, etc.)
- Be invited to participate in a ride-along with an officer
To become a member of the Citizen Police Academy, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Pass a background check
- Never have been a member of prior Citizen Police Academy classes
- Commit to attending all scheduled training sessions
- If accepted into the CPA, please show proof of residency in the City of Beverly Hills by providing one (1) of the following documents:
- California Driver's License or Identification Card
- Utility bill
- Vehicle registration
Each applicant must submit a completed application and pass the limited background check in order to become part of the Citizen Police Academy class. The Citizen Police Academy is a 8 to 10-week program, held in the Spring or the Fall, with one additional optional training day. Each weekly session is approximately 3 hours long. Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, this information is subject to change.
For additional information concerning the Beverly Hills Police Department Citizen Police Academy, contact us here.
- Is this there a cost?
No! The program is completely free.
- What should I bring on the first day?
Just a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. The Department will provide you with note taking and reference materials.
- What should I wear?
In general, wear something comfortable, but appropriate for a professional environment. Business attire is not required.
- Can I bring a friend or family member with me?
Unfortunately, no. Each accepted person is screened with a background check to ensure public safety at this training. Therefore, anyone who has not been screened by the Police Department is not permitted.
- Will there be breaks during the 3 hour sessions?
Yes, there will be at least one break each day to use the restrooms, make phone calls, stretch, etc.
- Will this be a high-stress environment?
No, this is not a police recruit academy that you might have seen in videos. The staff will not yell at you or make you do push-ups!
- What if I miss one session?
Staff will do their best to get you caught up. However, please try to not miss any of the days, as each session will have a lot of material and information!
- I am physically handicapped. Can I participate in all of the events?
Staff will make accommodations to allow you to participate in as many events as possible. However, there are some events (firearm training, ride-alongs, etc.) which may limit your ability to participate.
If you are not able to get in and out of a vehicle without assistance, you may be disqualified from the ride-along experience. Please let Staff know if you think a restriction may apply to you.
- Can I take pictures?
Within reason. Some things are law enforcement sensitive, and you may be asked not to film or take photos. Otherwise, you will be 100% encouraged to take photos and even selfies!
- Can I bring food for the group?
Yes, and it is highly encouraged.