The Citizen’s Academy Program allows South Gate residents and employees to be exposed to various areas and aspects of law enforcement through a 9 week course that is taught by the men and women of the South Gate Police Department. The curriculum for the course includes a wide array of topics ranging from Disaster Preparedness, Jail Operations, and Detective Bureau functions to Range Training and Narcotic Investigations. The class culminates in “scenario role playing” where Academy graduates participate in real life scenarios that Police Officers are faced with on the street.
The class is successful in educating attendees on the day-to-day operations of the Police Department and providing an insight into the framework of what comprises the South Gate Police Department. A strong Police Department must have the support of the community, and Citizen Academy participants demonstrate their support and appreciation through their attendance and effort in making this program a success.