The Orange County Sheriff’s Department/San Clemente Police Services and the City of San Clemente are inviting members of the public to register for the inaugural 2013 San Clemente Police Services Citizen Academy. The Citizen Academy will meet for 12 consecutive weeks, commencing February 25 from 6 p.m.–9 p.m. in the Community Center’s Fireside Room at 100 N. Seville, San Clemente. A graduation ceremony and dinner will be on May 20.
The San Clemente City Council approved the program at its October 2 meeting. Adults in San Clemente who reside or work in town will be able to register for the classes, which are designed to increase understanding of local law enforcement operations. Individuals with a felony conviction, a misdemeanor conviction in the past three years or a pending criminal case will not be admitted into the program.
Participants will learn about various topics from department personnel with expertise in specific areas, including: patrol operations, investigations, narcotics, criminal street gangs, traffic, SWAT, aviation, hazardous devices, DUI, and forensics. Participants will also play a part in realistic simulation exercises. Participants will gain an overall knowledge of San Clemente Police Services, how the department is organized, how its deputies serve the community and how they respond when citizens call. The Citizen Academy is not intended to provide formal training and successful completion does not constitute graduation to law enforcement status.
More information, including the required application form, is available on the San Clemente Police Services Facebook page, on the City’s website at www.san-clemente.org, or in person by visiting San Clemente Police Services at 100 Avenida Presidio, San Clemente.