Citizen Police Academy

Next Academy starts Tuesday October 2, 2018. Completed applications must be received by September 26, 2018 at 5pm.

The Sparks 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 Sparks Police, including our duties and responsibilities.  Classes are three hours from 6:00pm to 9:00pm Tuesday nights beginning October 2, 2018.  There are also two Saturday sessions from 8:00am to 5:00pm 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 Sparks Police culture and the men and women who serve our community.

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 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 the Sparks Police.

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.

The start date for the next Citizen Police Academy is October 2, 2018.  Completed applications must be received no later than September 26, 2018 at 5pm.  For more information about the Sparks Police Citizen Police Academy, please contact Support Services: (775) 353-2299, option 2.

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