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Citizen Police Academy

UC Merced police officers and citizen police academy members

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

The UC Merced Police Department offers a free 8-week Citizen Police Academy


Introduction to UCMPD

Police dispatch

Law Enforcement Hiring Process

Use of Force

Violent Intruder Response
Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

Internet crimes

Activities include:

  • Scenario role playing
  • Officer ride-along


Dates to be announced


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