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Join MBPD's 2018 Community Police Academy

Nov 05, 2017 06:32AM ● By Liz Spear

Manhattan Beach Police participated in National Night Out, another way they form relationships with the community. The Community Police Academy is yet another way the department reaches out to the community.

The Manhattan Beach Police Department is currently accepting applications for the winter 2018 Community Police Academy. The Academy is a ten-week program designed to educate residents and local citizens on the various aspects of law enforcement. The highly popular program fills up quickly so turn in your application ASAP.

Classes are held every Thursday night beginning Thursday, Jan. 11 (6-9 p.m.)
 in MBPD's Community Room, continuing every Thursday through March 15th's graduation ceremony.

The Academy's objective is to increase understanding between citizens and police in the City of Manhattan Beach through education. The Academy continues to create a growing nucleus of well-informed citizens who become familiar with the people who serve as officers and what their work within the community involves.

Participants receive an informative and hands-on overview of the fundamentals of police procedures, programs and policies. Each session highlights select divisions (i.e. Patrol, SWAT, K-9, Traffic and Detectives) within MBPD and feature instruction by police officers, support personnel, and management staff. The Academy is not intended to prepare citizens for street duty as police officers. Instead, participants will become closely familiar with the operations of MBPD. At the same time, through this interaction with residents, MBPD officers get the opportunity to work toward building stronger community relationships.  

To participate, an Academy application must be submitted for review to determine suitability for the program. Applicants must then meet the following criteria:
  • Must be at least 18 years old (High school students are encouraged to apply) 
  • Must reside or work within the City of Manhattan Beach 
  • Must not have felony convictions 
  • Must not be wanted for any crime 
  • Must submit to a limited background check (to include warrants and criminal history). 
For more program information, call Officer Kristie Colombo at (310) 802-5184 or email [email protected]. Academy applications and brochures are available on the city website:


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