Citizens Academy


The Citizens Academy is a twelve-week program designed to give participants an inside look at local law enforcement. During the academy, students will be introduced to a variety of topics to give them an overview of the Chico Police Department’s function and operational procedures.

Academy classes are presented by Police Department administrators, veteran department personnel, current police officers and volunteers. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with the Chief of Police and various other staff members and are encouraged to ask questions and express ideas and concerns.

Participants in the Academy are selected by the Chief of Police through an application process. Enrollment is limited to thirty students per class. Potential candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a minimum of 17 years of age
  • Must live or work in the Chico area
  • Must have NO felony convictions
  • Must have no misdemeanor convictions within one year of application.

Any of the above requirements may be waived by the Chief of Police. Classes meet on Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for twelve weeks at the Chico Police Department or other designated locations.

The Citizens Academy is a great way to learn about your community, meet nice people, and get to know the men and women of your police department.

To learn more about the Academy, or to be placed on a waiting list for the next class, please contact the Chico Police Department Volunteers in Police Services at (530) 897-5861 or e-mail

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