Community Police Academy

The UCSF Police Department offers a Community Police Academy for faculty, students, staff and affiliates.

This program is designed to provide an overview of UCSF Police Department operations, structure and activities. Participants will learn about emergency communications, vehicle operations and crisis intervention—including a ride-along with officers on patrol. The academy is not part of the training one would need to become a police officer, nor does it provide academic credit. Instead, it is intended for community members to learn more about reducing crime and building relationships with police department personnel. In turn, the Community Police Academy provides an opportunity for officers to gain a better understanding of the community they serve.

Please email [email protected] to get on the waitlist for the next Community Police Academy cohort.

Training Topics

  • Active Shooter/Threat Training
  • Crime Elements
  • Crimes in Progress
  • De-Escalation
  • Defensive Tactics
  • DUI Scenarios
  • Handcuffing
  • K-9 Program
  • Laws of Arrest
  • Patrol Vehicle Operations
  • Role of UCSF Police Patrol Operations
  • Taser
  • Traffic Stops
  • Use of Force Options


  • To promote the UCSF Police Department as an agency that is dedicated to the students, staff and faculty of our campus, and to the community we live in.
  • To educate the public about the necessity of a positive community/police relationship.
  • To provide members of the public the opportunity to learn from officers who have knowledge in a variety of areas of law enforcement.
  • To provide transparency and build trusting relationships with the members of our community.
  • To have fun! The Community Police Academy is not designed to be a substitute for accredited law enforcement training and does not make a participant a sworn nor certified law enforcement officer. It is not designed to train citizens to perform any law enforcement duties. Further, the Community Police Academy does not provide legal advice or teach people to circumvent the law.


  • UCSF faculty, staff, student, community member, or affiliate
  • Minimum age of 18
  • No felony convictions
  • No misdemeanor Convictions in the past year
  • Willing to undergo a background check
  • A maximum of 20 seats is offered per Academy
  • Applications must be submitted by __ at 5:00 p.m.
  • Signed release of liability waivers are due before the 1st day of class

Academy Schedule

Class I: Class II: Class III: Class IV: Each class will be from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Location: Mission Center Building: 1855 Folsom Street, San Francisco

Please email [email protected] if you are interested.