Applications are now being accepted for our Community Police Academy scheduled for this fall. To apply, please complete and submit a Community Police Academy application form.
The Community Police Academy is a 13 week course beginning Wednesday September 4th, 2013 with three hour sessions running subsequent Wednesday evenings from 7-10 p.m. until Wednesday November 27th, 2013. The sessions will be held in the classroom at the Saskatoon Police Service, 130 - 4th Avenue North Saskatoon. In addition there will be a ride-along option with a Patrol member and a sit-along in Detention or the Communication units. A Graduation Ceremony will be held at a location to be announced on Wednesday, December 11th.
Applicants must be 18 of age or older and an informal record check will be performed by SPS staff prior to approval. A large time commitment is necessary as candidates will be required to attend a minimum 11 of the 13 classroom sessions to officially graduate.
If you have any questions, please contact the Community Police Academy Coordinator:
Constable Joanne Smallbones
Community Liaison Officer
The concept of a Community Police Academy originated in England in 1977 when the Devon and Cornwell Constabulary in Middlemoor, Exeter began the "Police Night School". In 1985 the Orlando, Florida Police Department laid claim to the first North American "Citizens' Police Academy" while the Regina Police Service's Academy became a Canadian first. These police services, along with many others throughout the years, have enjoyed a great deal of success with the Community Police Academy.
The first Community Police Academy held in Saskatoon began February 6, 2002. The graduates of Class #1 showed us that Saskatoon Citizens are very excited to learn more about their police service.
The people attending the Community Police Academy are members of the Saskatoon community from all walks of life. Each class will have representation from a variety of Saskatoon community and business organizations, media, SPS volunteers and civilian staff, and the general public.
The goal of the Academy is to give the candidates a better understanding of the Police Service through information and education. It is hoped that this approach will develop more interactions between the participants and the police. This falls in line with the objectives of the Community Police Academy, which are:
|WEEK #1||INTRO TO THE COURSE
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE AND SPS HISTORY
TOUR OF SPS
|WEEK #2||BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS
RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING
PATROL SECTION WHAT TO EXPECT ON RIDE AND SIT-ALONGS
|WEEK #4||COMMUNITY SERVICES
|WEEK #5||TRAFFIC UNIT
MAJOR CRIME UNIT
|WEEK #7||THE COST OF POLICING
USE OF FORCE / FIREARMS
|WEEK #8||STOLEN AUTO UNIT
FORENSIC IDENTIFICATION SECTION (CLASS PHOTO)
|WEEK #9||VICE UNIT
CHILD CENTER AND VICTIM SERVICES
|WEEK #10||BREAK AND ENTER UNIT / GENERAL INVESTIGATION SECTION|
|WEEK #11||INTEGRATED DRUG UNIT|
|WEEK #12||EMERGENCY SERVICES
EXPLOSIVES DISPOSAL UNIT
CRISIS NEGOTIATION TEAM
PUBLIC ORDER TEAM
EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM