2020 Regional Citizen Police Academy

Next Academy start date March 17th, 2020

The Regional Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is a no-cost to students 10 week program designed to safely give participants an opportunity to learn more about the police departments regionally, including  duties and responsibilities.  Classes are weekly with two Saturday sessions to give students more opportunities for hands-on training and experiences.  This is not an offer of employment, but rather a voluntary opportunity to learn more about the Police culture with in out area and the men and women who serve our community.  Download the Brochure

Each instructor has specialized knowledge and experience to share with students throughout the program.  Our goal is to meet or exceed your expectations by providing comprehensive instruction and materials to each student.

Some topics taught in the CPA are: Police Hiring Processes, Internal Affairs, Legal Issues, OIS Protocol, Media Relations, Tactics, K-9, Case Studies, Bomb Squad, Investigations, Evidence, Jail Tour, Raven and Vehicle Operations to name a few.  Participants will have many opportunities to engage in police-related training, but student participation in any hands-on training is voluntary.

Participants will have the opportunity to do a ride-along with an officer to see first-hand what it’s like to patrol our City or a sit-along in Dispatch to see what it’s like to coordinate communications & response to all calls for service.  We are excited to guide you on the journey to gaining more insight and knowledge about the noble profession of law enforcement and your regional agencies.

Class size is limited.  When the CPA class size is reached, applicants will be notified and remain on a list for the following CPA.  Applicants to the CPA must be 18 years of age or older.

If you are ready to sign up for this exciting opportunity, you can Download the Citizen Academy Application and turn in your completed application to the Sparks Police either in person or by mail. You can also email the completed application to doconnell@cityofsparks.us or tfitzmier@washoecounty.us

The start date for the next Regional Citizen Police Academy is March 17th, 2020.  Completed applications must be received no later than March 16th, 2020 at 5pm.  For more information about the Regional Citizen Police Academy, please contact Officer O’Connell: (775) 353-2299 X3.

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Notice regarding COVID-19

In an attempt to provide the best service we can to our community, the Sparks Police Department will be implementing several preventative measures to help reduce or prevent the exposure and spread of Covid-19. These changes will begin 11/16/2020. This temporary altering and or reduction in services is only temporary and is designed to help reduce exposure to both our community and our employees. The Sparks Police Department is committed to placing our community first and this is an effort to keep our staff healthy and available to assist our community’s emergent needs. These changes in services are only temporary. Non-Essential Services will be suspended until further notice. All Work Permits Fingerprint Cards Additionally, the following services will be provided online or via mail only until further notice: Criminal History Requests (Online or Mail ONLY) Case Requests (Online or Mail ONLY) Convicted Persons Registration (Online or Mail ONLY) Sex Offender Registration (Online or Mail ONLY) Our front desk will be open by appointment only. We ask for your patience during this time as there may be longer than usual waiting times. For more information please contact the Records Department at (775) 353-2279.

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