Citizen Police Academy 2020

Woodland Police Department Citizen Police Academy 2020

The Woodland Police Department Citizen Police Academy is a free interactive course designed to acquaint individuals who are not sworn police officers with the activities of the Police Department. The Citizen Police Academy is open to adults who live or work in the Woodland community.

Program Details

The Citizen Police Academy will run annually for 12 sessions in the fall of each year. Our next Citizen’s Police Academy will be in the Fall of 2020. The academy will start in September 2020 and run for 12 sessions ending in mid-December 2020. The class will meet on select Thursday nights from 6:00 to 8:30 pm and a few Saturdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Along with the class room sessions, participants will be required to attend one ride along session during the course of the academy in order to graduate the program.

Citizen Police Academy Mission 

The mission of the Citizen Police Academy is to strengthen community partnerships by offering citizen the opportunity to interact with our professional staff, increase their understanding of police operations and become ambassadors to the community.

Meeting Dates 

September 2020 - December 2020

From 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Thursdays: TBD

From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays: TBD

Meeting Topics

  • Woodland Police Department overview, history and tour
  • Overview of police bureaus and functions
  • Recruitment and training
  • K-9 overview and demonstration
  • Traffic laws, enforcement and motors demonstration
  • Tactical driving and traffic stops
  • Firearms and Tasers overview
  • Defensive tactics and de-escalation techniques
  • Intelligence Led-Policing overview
  • Shoot and don't shoot scenarios
  • Crime scene investigations
  • Homeless Outreach Street Team overview
  • Crime Prevention and community engagement programs
  • and much more!

Eligibility Requirements

Citizen Police Academy participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Live or work in the City of Woodland
  • Minimum age of 21 years old (by September 1, 2020)
  • No misdemeanor arrests within 5-years of application
  • No prior felony convictions

Participants will be required to provide a DMV 3-year driver history report, drug use questionnaire, and obtain a medical clearance from their personal physician as part of the application process. After the application is reviewed and deemed acceptable, participants will need to complete a *Department of Justice fingerprint check before being accepted to the academy. *You do not schedule your own fingerprint appointments, Detective Tamara Pelle will contact you to schedule. 

The application period is from May 29, 2020 until August 14, 2020 or until full. The academy is limited to 20 participants and no late applications will be considered.

How to Apply

There are two ways to obtain an application packet for the Citizen Police Academy- Starting May 29, 2020:

  1. You may pick up a packet at the front counter at the Woodland Police Department located at 1000 Lincoln Avenue, Woodland, CA 95695. Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8am to 5pm and Friday from 8am to 12pm.
  2. You may download a PDF by clicking this link: CPA 2020 APPLICATION (COMING SOON!). This is not an online form - you will need to print, complete and drop off at the Woodland Police Department.

All application packets must have all requested documents attached and be thoroughly completed. After the packet is reviewed, you will be contacted with the outcome and provided further information.  

Applications can be turned into the Woodland Police Department front counter (ATTN: Trista Kennedy) Monday through Thursday from 8am to 5pm and Friday from 8am to 12pm.

Additional Information

For more questions about the Citizen Police Academy, please contact Trista Kennedy at 530-661-7865 or by email at

Citizens Police Academy Interest 2020