Citizens Police Academy

Citizens Police Academy

The Citizens Police Academy provides community members with an up close and personal look at police work and the Morgan Hill Police Department. The academy builds partnerships between police and community members by allowing citizens to participate in practical police training, education and the possibility of joining the MHPD Volunteers in Policing program.

The Citizens Academy does not train citizens to be future police officers. It is designed to inform citizens about police policies and procedures, and to foster community support, safety and awareness.

The academy meets one night a week, and will be limited to a manageable amount of participants. Participants learn about topics such as:
  • Communications
  • Crime analysis
  • Crime prevention
  • Criminal law
  • Critical incidents
  • Emergency services
  • Firearms training
  • Gangs
  • Internal investigations
  • Narcotics
  • Patrol operations
  • Police selection and training
  • Traffic enforcement
  • Much more

We are now taking applications for the Fall 2018 Citizen's Academy!

The Fall 2018 session starts Thursday August 23 and runs through Thursday November 15. 

Sessions are held each Thursday at the Police Department and run approximately 3 hours from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Priority is given to Morgan Hill residents

All academy applicants are carefully screened and are required to consent to a background investigations check.

Complete an online application

Please check out our FAQ section. If you do not find your answer there, you may contact Corporal Scott Purvis via email with additional questions.