Community Police Academy


The Novato Police Department’s Community Police Academy provides our community with an inside look at local law enforcement.  While at the Academy, participants are introduced to a variety of law enforcement topics.  The eight-week academy program is designed to provide an 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 participant as a police officer.  Police officers and civilian employees teach the academy classes.  Participants also have the opportunity to meet with the Chief of Police and staff members.  They are encouraged to ask questions and express ideas and concerns to police employees.

The curriculum for the Community Police Academy includes:

    In addition to the classroom curriculum, the students have the opportunity to participate in a ride-along with a Novato police officer. During the ride-along, students get a chance to experience modern law enforcement first-hand.

    Many Novato residents have participated in previous community academy classes (previously called Citizen’s Police Academy). The response we have received has been uniformly positive and the graduates have found the course to be informative, engaging, and enjoyable. The Community Academy class size is limited so please submit your application as soon as possible. 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.

    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. As a graduate of the Community Academy, it opens an opportunity to become one of the important police volunteers with the Novato Police Department.

    To obtain an application, please contact the Novato Police Department at (415) 897-4361 or click below.


    Sergeant Jim Tross
    Novato Police Department

    Community Academy Brochure
    Community Academy Application                                    



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