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


Our Community Police Academy is now available online for Winter Quarter 2021 via Canvas. 

Please email to begin the registration process. Please include your name, a brief statement telling us about why you're interested in joining us, and state whether you are affiliated with UCSC or not.  We will provide you registration and attendance information via email within 24 hours.

To register: Please email to begin the registration process. A CruzID is required to register.

Students will need to complete additional forms to obtain 2 units of credit. 
Staff and faculty will need access to Canvas by logging into the Canvas portal.
Community members who are not faculty, staff, or students at UC Santa Cruz will need to provide additional information to obtain a temporary CruzID to access Canvas and register. We ask you notify us of your interest early, as it can take up to two weeks to obtain a CruzID for access. Additionally, community members are required to attend a brief 30 minute orientation and trouble shooting session prior to the first date of class. This is to ensure you will access the platforms without problems and not miss class. For winter quarter, this session will be January 5, 2021. For Spring Quarter March 30, 2021. 

When: Winter Quarter 2021: Wednesdays January 6-March 17, 2021

     Spring Quarter 2021: Wednesdays March 31-June 9, 2021

Time: 5:15pm - 7:15pm PST

Where: UC Santa Cruz Police Department via Canvas and Zoom

Application Deadline: First Week of the Quarter


Community Academy flyer (PDF)


Community Academy Syllabus (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. 

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 Interim Chief Garcia or designee by appointment, preferably within the first two weeks of the quarter. At that time, Interim Chief Garcia 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

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