You will learn about the agency’s history, participate in police vehicle and vessel ride-alongs, fire an agency weapon, learn about emergency preparedness, patrol operations, crime scene investigations, crime scene processing, defensive tactics use, canine operations, driving under the influence and traffic homicide investigation. These topics are just a fraction of what is covered at the Citizens Police Academy.
When does the next session begin?
The 2020 CPA begins Tuesday, February 4 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. The academy sessions are once a week for 8 weeks long.
Who is eligible to attend the academy?
Anyone over 18 years of age is eligible. However, preference is given to city residents and/or business owners. A limited amount of space is available.
Community Program: Classroom and Cops
How can I support the "Classroom and Cops" program?
Community members who are interested in supporting "Classroom and Cops" in area schools may contact Greg Luberecki at Gulf Coast Community Foundation (941) 486-4600 for more information.
Community Program: Rx Take-Back
What can I dispose of into the container?
Controlled substances/NarcoticsVicodin, Oxycodone, Ritalin, etc.Pain MedicationsOver the counter medicationsVitaminsInhalersEpipens(unopened)
Community Program: Senior Assistance Freedom Enrichment
How can I register for the SAFE Program?
You will need to complete the'SAFE Program form'and return it to the Venice Police Department at 1350 Ridgewood Avenue or fax the form to (941)480-3027.
Is there a fee associated with the program?
No, there is no fee to participate in the SAFE program.
Community Program: Shop with a Cop
How is the program funded?
The Shop with a Cop program is completely funded by community donations. All funds go toward benefitting students in the community.
What if I am interested in becoming a Shop with a Cop donor?
If you are interested in additional program information or becoming a Shop with a Cop donor, please contact Detective Keith Quick at (941)486-2444, ext. 3405.
Community Program: Special Olympics
How can I help or become involved?
Visit the'Sarasota Special Olympics'website. There you can find information on being a sponsor, donating, volunteering, or even coaching. You can also call or e-mail anyone listed at the bottom of this page.
What are the goals of Special Olympics?
The ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public's awareness of their capabilities and needs.