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.


When: Quarterly, Thursday evenings

Time: 5:15-7:15 pm PST

Where: UC Santa Cruz Police Department via Canvas

Application Deadline: First Week of the Quarter

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

If you are interested and wish to apply, please complete the academy application form and mail it or drop it off at the UCSC Police Department, attention: Lieutenant Mary Garcia. The application form can be downloaded here or you may email it to 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. 

Given the current conditions with Santa Cruz County Health orders and UC Santa Cruz Policy pertaining to meetings and gatherings, until further notice, the class meets live online via Canvas once a week. Activities may be modified to comply with current and changing conditions. We will update this page accordingly with dates and registration processes when this information is available.  


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 Oweis or designee by appointment, preferably within the first two weeks of the quarter. At that time, Chief Oweis 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 Oweis or designee will arrange or administer exam/assignment arrangements for students who have testing accommodations. (