Citizen Police Academy


Photo taken at the 2016 Spring Citizen Police Academy Graduation Ceremony.  Pictured from left to right UCM Sergeant George Gongora, (Graduate) Rickee Hill, UC Merced Staff member, UCM Officer Darryl Davis, (Guest Speaker) Chief Barry Mann of the Dos Palos Police Department, and UCM Captain Chou Her.
The UC Merced Police Department offers a free 6-8 week Citizen Police Academy. 


Introduction to UCMPD and into the Criminal Justice System:
Ethics in Law Enforcement:
Community Policing:  
Use of Force:  
DUI Investigation/Traffic Stops:
Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence:
CSEC Commercially Sexually Exploited Children:
Graduation Ceremony:

Activities include:

  • Scenario role playing
  • Officer ride-along


October 25th – December 6th


SSB 250


Who is eligible to apply?

  • The academy is open to the UC Merced community and general public. 
  • Applicants must be 18 years old on or before the first class session.
  • Applicants must not have felony convictions or outstanding warrants. 
  • Applicants must not be on parole or probation. 
  • Applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to apply:

  1. Make sure you are eligible before applying.
  2. Write a brief letter of interest.
  3. Complete the application.
  4. Submit the application and letter of interest to the UC Merced Police Department.

More questions:

Contact Joshua Lutz