Community Police Academy

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The Novato Police Department's Community Police Academy provides our community with an inside look at local law enforcement. Participants are introduced to a variety of law enforcement topics and provided and overview of the police department's function and operational procedures.

The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to the traditional police academy; however, the once-weekly sessions are not designed to train the participants as a police officer. Police officers and civilian employees teach the academy classes and students are encouraged to ask questions and express ideas and concerns to police employees.

The Community Academy has become a key element in the Novato Police Department's commitment to community policing and has created a collaborative partnership with the community. Many of our graduates have gone on to become police volunteers!

Our longstanding Community Academy for English speakers is offered every spring while our Spanish Language Community Academy is offered during the fall.

The Chief of Police selects participants through an application process. Academy participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum age of 18 years* (must be at least a high school senior) and live or work in Novato
  • Successfully pass a background investigation
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Have no misdemeanor convictions within one year of the application

For more general information or to apply, please see the brochure and application linked below or call the Novato Police Department at 415.897.4361.

Community Academy Brochure
Community Academy Application 

Community Academy 4.8.20


Sergeant Trevor Hall
Officer Nelson Orantes  (Spanish speakers)


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