If you have ever wondered about the inner workings of the Palm Springs Police Department, this is an open invitation to all Palm Springs residents to find out. But do not wait. A limited number of RSVPs will be accepted.

For the 66th year, the Palm Springs Police Department will hold the Community Police Academy. Classes start  from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 25 at no cost to participants. Classes will be held in the Palm Springs Police Department’s Corporate Conference Room,  425 N. Civic Drive in Palm Springs.

The first Community Police Academy met in 1993 and this year will  include an expanded program and additional content. The program meets one night per week for 14 consecutive weeks. Graduation is set for April 26.

The Community Policing Academy has graduated hundreds of students from all sectors of the community – doctors, lawyers, retirees, students, homemakers, journalists, pilots, teachers and many others.

Attendees participate in discussions about patrol procedures, traffic investigation, K-9, SWAT, Community Policing, narcotics, Crime Scene Investigation and many other fascinating topics.  Academy class attendees may have the opportunity to participate in a patrol ride-along, Communications Center familiarization, and/or firearms simulator training/scenarios.

To qualify for the Community Police Academy, applicants must be at least 18 years old and have no felony convictions. Applications for the Community Police Academy are available online HERE under the Community Policing tab – Community Police Academy.

For questions about the program, contact Sgt. Kyle Stjerne via email at Kyle.Stjerne@palmspringsca.gov or phone at (760) 323-8144.