CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY

  Background

Beginning in 1995, the Culver City Police Department established the Citizen Volunteer Program. Currently, the program consists of two types of volunteers, the Volunteers in Patrol (VIP) and the Senior Volunteer Program (SVP). Members of both programs are generally Culver City residents who are trained by the Police Department to provide support to both the Department and the Community.

Volunteer members donate hundreds of hours to the Department every month. The programs have not only proven to be effective at impacting crime, but they have strengthened the bond and reaffirmed the partnership between the Police Department and the community.

Before becoming a volunteer member, recruits must undergo a background check and participate in a course of training. There are no requirements other than being in good health and having a strong civic spirit. Present members range in age from college students to senior citizens.

Most importantly, our Citizen Volunteers take great pride in knowing that they truly make a difference in the community, and that their efforts are helping to make Culver City a better place to live, work, and shop.

top   The Academy

The Culver City Police Department Citizens Police Academy is a program designed to educate residents and local citizens on the various aspects of law enforcement. It is for those interested in learning more about how the Culver City Police Department functions and operates. There are many misconceptions about police duties and the Academy will help dispel these notions and allow community members a closer look at their Police Department.

The goal of the program is to open the lines of communication and encourage interaction between our police officers and the community. Graduates of the Academy will acquire a solid foundation of public safety information to share with others in the community.


Citizens Police Academy

The Citizens Police Academy is not intended to train the participants to be police officers, but rather it is designed for those interested in a deeper understanding of the various challenges and decisions that a Culver City Police Officer deals with on a daily basis.

The Academy requires a 8-week commitment, as the session will meet Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. This includes the opportunity to attend a patrol ride-along. The course curriculum will include the Criminal Justice System, Development of a Police Officer, Tactical Options, Traffic Enforcement, Youth Services, Prevention and Assistance, Special Responses, Investigations and Community Preparedness.

Persons selected to attend the Citizens Academy will be notified by mail and/or phone at least two weeks prior to the beginning of classes. The selection process requires a limited background check due to security concerns and the sensitive nature of some of the material. All applications will be retained and considered for future classes.

Click on the below links to download the application or get an outline of the program. Please, mail in or drop off your completed application to the Culver City Police Department attention Lieutenant Troy Dunlap.

Please, contact Lieutenant Troy Dunlap at (310) 253-6258 for additional information.

 

top   Teen Citizen's Police Academy
Who can participate?
The Teens Academy is being offered to those who live in and/or attend school in Culver City. We expect to fill a class of 20-30 participants. If space permits we may recruit teens from outside the area.

How long is the course and what do we learn?
The Teen Academy will be held July 12th through August 30th, 2016 at the Culver City Police Department. All classes will meet on Tuesdays 4-7 p.m. The course curriculum will include the Criminal Justice System, Development of a Police Officer, Tactical Options, Traffic Enforcement, Special Responses, Forensics, Investigations, Leadership and the Explorer Program. This includes the opportunity to attend a patrol ride-along. One session will be held off-site; location to be announced. The Graduation Ceremony will take place on Tuesday August 30th at 6 p.m. Family and friends are welcome.

Where do we sign up?
For an application, please click on the "Application" link below; print and complete the application. You can then either mail in or drop off your completed applications to the Culver City Police Department attention Lieutenant Troy Dunlap. You may also fax to (310 253-6217) or email to troy.dunlap@culvercity.org. Applications must be received by June 23rd, 2016 for consideration. Below is a link to the course program, please review to get a better idea of what topics will be covered. Call (310) 253-6258 if you have any questions.

 
top   Volunteers In Patrol

VIP members are often seen throughout the city on bikes in the distinctive uniforms composed of white polo shirts, black shorts, and white helmets

The role of the VIP member is to be the eyes and ears of the Police Department, in a sense, a Neighborhood Watch on wheels. The VIP members are not police officers, and are armed only with cellular phones and a police portable radio. If a crime or other problem is observed the member immediately calls the Culver City Police Department and a police unit is sent.

The VIP’s main goal is to deter crime by showing their presence in both the residential and commercial parts of the city, as well to have a positive impact on quality of life issues.

Some of their duties include reporting graffiti and other public nuisances such as unsightly trash, abandoned vehicles, and transient encampments. They also provide vacation checks of residents and businesses, foot patrols, park patrols, and assist with special events. Additionally, they provide the public with general information about the Police Department and city services. The VIP’s also support the Police Department by doing various clerical duties.

In the event of an emergency such as an earthquake, flood, or major fire, members can be called out to help. In addition, the entire membership meets one evening every month for training.

The VIP program is a contributing factor to the continuing downward trend in crime in Culver City. The program has been very well received by both residents and business owners.

There are currently sixteen active VIP members. The VIP program is looking to expand its membership in order to organize a successful business watch program and to organize a Citizens Academy. Currently, members assist the Neighborhood Watch coordinator with meetings and the dissemination of bulletins to the community.  

top   Senior Volunteer Program

Currently, there are six senior volunteers. The main goal of the Senior Volunteer Program is to assist with Police Department clerical duties such as filing, data entry, and scanning documents.

This program is vital to the Police Department’s consistent success in our Investigations Bureau. One of their main functions is to input and maintain the Department’s Field Interview (FI) cards in our Record Management System. Detectives use this system to identify suspects in crimes. It has proven to be a valuable tool in criminal investigations and has contributed tremendously to the Department’s apprehension and case clearance rates.

The Senior Volunteer Program has also been instrumental in our nationally recognized Juvenile Diversion Program. Senior Volunteers offer counseling and real life experiences to at risk juveniles in the Diversion Program.

Culver City encompasses approx. 5 square miles and is home to approx. 40,000 residents. It is just minutes from LAX, Marina del Rey and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Downtown Los Angeles, making it ideal for residents, business, and visitors alike. For more information, click here for the official website for The City of Culver City.

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