Police Department

SPD Citizen Police Academy




What is the Citizen Police Academy Program?

Citizens and officers meet each other face to face in a very friendly and engaging setting.  In the past, citizens may have simply seen only a uniform.  Now, they will have a much clearer understanding of the people "behind the badge" serving our community.  The focus of the Citizen Police Academy is to foster increased communication and partnership between citizens and police through education. The Academy will create a nucleus of well-informed citizens who possess greater insight into police practices and services.  Graduates of the Academy can share their knowledge and experiences with the community as the opportunity arises. In turn, everyone benefits from enhancing citizen understanding of the role and function of their local police department.  

Where and when does the Citizen Police Academy Program take place?

The program takes place at the Streetsboro Police Department one evening per week (on Wed. evenings), for nine (9) weeks, with instruction facilitated by Streetsboro Police staff members.  One of the nine sessions may take place on a Saturday morning for a range firearms demonstration.  The program also includes a ride-a-long with a Streetsboro police officer and a tour of the Portage County Jail/Justice Center.   

When dates for the next Citizen Police Academy program are set, the information will be posted to this web site and in the Gateway News.

What are the requirements for admission to the SPD Citizen Police Academy Program?

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older, a current resident of the City of Streetsboro, with no felony convictions and no misdemeanor convictions within five (5) years of application.  Local records verifying prior interactions with the Streetsboro Police Department will be checked, as well as a criminal history check.  Outstanding warrants and driving history will also be checked.  Persons who are the subject of a protective order will not be considered. As a result, persons with a known criminal history are discouraged from applying.   

Class size is limited.  Applications must be received at least two (2) weeks prior to the class start date. Once the applications are closed, selections will be made by Academy coordinators, with the Chief of Police making the final decision. 

How can I submit an application to attend the SPD Citizen Police Academy Program? 

Application packets may be downloaded by clicking the link below.  Completed applications may be dropped off at the police department, mailed, faxed, or e-mailed.


For further information, you may contact Sgt. Tricia Wain (pwain@streetsboropolice.com), or Sgt. Richard Polivka (rpolivka@streetsboropolice.com) by email, or by phone at (330) 626-4976.  Thank you.