Richmond residents: The Richmond Police Department (RPD) needs YOU!
Richmond’s finest are on the lookout for residents interested in participating in a Community Safety Academy (CSA) aimed at teaching them how to serve as ambassadors of the RPD and reflect their core values.
The CSA launches Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, and runs for eight weeks, ending Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. It will convene at the RPD, 1701 Regatta Blvd., Richmond, Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. and every other Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Through the CSA, the RPD “aims to educate, empower and engage residents from within our community,” the department stated on its Facebook page, adding that “this academy is another way for us to reach deeper into our community, to forge an even stronger relationship that encompasses the core values of community policing.”
Key topics the CSA will cover, per the PRD, will include: Patrol/investigation procedures; force options; SWAT; K-9; traffic enforcement; crime prevention; CSI; Office of Professional Accountability; basic laws; etc.
CSA participants with minimal class absences will get the opportunity to do police ride-alongs with officers.
To qualify for the CSA, participants must be Richmond residents age 16 or older who are not on probation or parole and who do not have a felony conviction.
Space for the CSA is limited; participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To fill out an application, click here. The deadline to apply is Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.
According to the RPD on its Facebook page, graduation from the CSA will be the last week of November. Graduates will receive a certificate from the City of Richmond, as well as a badge pin that will designate them as ambassadors of the RPD.
“At the end of the 8-week academy, we will graduate a team of ambassadors who can share with other residents the internal workings of our organization, the philosophy and principles we are guided by, and the graduates can empower other residents with safety recommendations learned from the academy,” the RPD stated on its Facebook page.
“This course is not designed to train residents to be police officers, but rather, to be ambassadors that embody the core values of the department and what is most important to residents of the community.”
Questions? Contact Lieutenant F. Tan at Ftan@richmondpd.net or at 510-621-1204.
-Kathy Chouteau, firstname.lastname@example.org