Community Police Academy

The UC Santa Cruz Police Department’s Community Police Academy is a course that provides community members with an inside view of law enforcement practices, and specifically the operations of the UC Santa Cruz Police Department. 

In line with the Department’s Community Oriented Policing objectives, participants have the opportunity to meet and build relationships with the men and women of the UC Santa Cruz Police Department – from the Chief to the police officers and student ambassadors.


UCSC Sociology Professor Emeritus and Activist John Childs on Community Police Academy


The Community Police Academy will be held in person Winter quarter 2024!


When: Thursdays, Winter Quarter 

Time: 5:15pm - 7:15pm PST

Where: UC Santa Cruz Police Department 

Application Deadline: TBD


Community Academy flyer (PDF)


We offer a free, ten week Community Academy three times per year to inform our community about:

  • Community and Police Relationships
  • Arrest-Search-Seizure Laws
  • Traffic Stops
  • Law Enforcement Scenarios
  • Community Oriented Policing

Enrollment is open to all UC Santa Cruz students, staff, faculty, and citizens in the community who wish to learn more about law enforcement on campus.  UC Santa Cruz students may be able to receive academic credit for full attendance.  There are no special requirements for taking the course. 


Those seeking academic accommodations please review the following information:

UC Santa Cruz is committed to creating an academic environment that supports its diverse student body. If you are a student with a disability who requires accommodations to achieve equal access in this course, please submit your Accommodation Authorization Letter from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to Chief Domby or designee by appointment, preferably within the first two weeks of the quarter. At that time, Chief Domby or designee will also like to discuss ways we can ensure your full participation in the course. We encourage all students who may benefit from learning more about DRC services to contact DRC by phone at 831-459-2089 or by email at  

Confidentiality Reminder

Disability-related information and affiliation with the DRC are confidential matters protected by FERPA guidelines.  Please keep DRC letters confidential and do not identify DRC students or acknowledge individual requests for accommodations in public.


Exam/Assignment Arrangements

Chief Domby or designee will arrange or administer exam/assignment arrangements for students who have testing accommodations. (