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Police accepting applications for next Citizens Police Academy

The Yuma Police Department is now accepting applications for its Citizens Police Academy. The academy is designed to educate the citizens of Yuma about the daily operations of the Yuma Police Department.

The academy, which is 12 weeks long, will give participants an opportunity to see how the police department works and get some hands-on instruction on various topics relating to police work. Some of those classes include:

  • A driving course.
  • Firearms training.
  • Building searches.
  • Decision-making scenarios.
  • K9 demonstration.
  • Crime scene processing.
  • Narcotics.
  • Gangs.
  • Animal control.
  • Driving under the influence.
  • Traffic laws.

Participants will also get a tour of the department and have to complete a ride-a-long.

YPD will hold two separate academies, one on Tuesday nights and one on Wednesday nights. They will start on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 and Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 with a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

Classes will be held every Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with some nights running until 10 p.m.

Classes will be held at the Yuma Police Department, 1500 S. 1st Ave., and at the Public Safety Training Facility. There is no fee for attending the academy, but you will be required to attend at least nine sessions, participate in all hands-on exercises and complete the ride-a-long for successful completion of the course.

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and pass a background check. Preference will be given to City of Yuma residents. The class size is limited to 14 participants each night due to the large amount of scenario-based training.

Applications for the academy can be picked up at the Yuma Police Department records window, 1500 S. 1st Ave. An electronic copy can be sent via email upon request. The deadline for application submission is Friday, Dec. 8 or until 28 participants fill the class.

If you have any questions about the program please feel free to contact Sgt. Lori Franklin at 373-4732 or e-mail Lori.Franklin@YumaAz.Gov , Ofc. Janet Sanchez at 373-4746 or email or PST Edith Ruiz at 373-4731 or email