The Citizens Police Academy is a twelve (12) 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 that will give them an overview of the Chico Police Department’s functions and operational procedures.
Academy classes are presented by Police Department administrators, veteran department personnel, current police officers and volunteers. Participants may have the opportunity to meet with the Chief of Police and various other staff members. Students are encouraged to ask questions and express ideas and concerns.
Completion of the Citizens Academy provides the opportunity to join the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program, a citizen volunteer group of dedicated community members who work in coordination with the police department.
Classes are held Thursdays from 6-9pm. The application deadline is Friday, December 20th, 2023. For additional information, please leave a message for the Volunteers in Police Service at (530) 897-5861 or VIPS@chicoca.gov.