Do you want to know how the LAPD really works? Have you ever considered working in public safety yourself? Would you like to find out when the movies and TV shows portray police work accurately, and when they get it completely wrong?
Then sign up to take the LAPD Community Police Academy, a free eleven-week course that will be held at Pan Pacific Park. The course will meet on Wednesday evenings, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, starting March 9 and ending May 18.
We have taken this course before – and found it to be fascinating. Each class focuses on a different area of police work and criminal justice, with different instructors and guest speakers. The speakers are high-level LAPD brass and city officials – and they really know their stuff.
Plus, you get to go on three field trips, on a bus provided from and back to Pan Pacific Park. The coolest by far is the field trip to the LAPD helipad in downtown Los Angeles, where you see police choppers take off and land, while learning about the highly effective air policing that the LAPD has innovated.
To enroll, contact the Community Relations Office of LAPD Wilshire Division at (213) 473-0200. You must be 18 years or older, live or work in Los Angeles, and have no prior felony convictions, outstanding warrants, or criminal cases pending.
A lot of what you think you know about police work and the LAPD is just plain wrong. Here’s where you can find out what’s really going on behind the badge.