Citizens Police Academy

The 12 week Citizens Police Academy is designed to increase public awareness and understanding of the Police Department's operations.


The objective of the Citizens Police Academy is for students to gain an overall knowledge of the Murrieta Police Department, its organizational structure and how it continues to provide nationally recognized service to the community. Even though the subject matter is similar to that of a traditional police academy, the purpose of the Citizens Academy is strictly for public education and to enhance and foster a strong relationship with the community.

All citizens over the age of 21, who are in good physical condition to sit in a classroom setting, participate in simulation exercises, and reenact tactical scenarios, are encouraged to apply.


Citizen students will be taught by an expert panel of department personnel in the topics of:

  • Criminal investigations
  • Crime free multi-housing
  • Dispatch
  • Narcotics
  • Neighborhood watch
  • Patrol tactics
  • Police canines
  • Special Weapons and Tactics
  • Traffic enforcement
  • Use of force
  • And other many other related fields

Students will ideally participate in practical demonstrations, simulations, and attend a ride-along with a patrol officer during the academy.


Prospective participants for the Citizens Police Academy must meet the following criteria:

  • Live or work in the City of Murrieta
  • Be a minimum age of 21 years
  • Have no felony convictions, outstanding warrants, or pending criminal cases
  • Successfully complete a background check and interview process

If you are interested in attending the Citizens Police Academy or need further information, please contact the coordinator.

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