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Community Academy Application

The Hayward Police Department’s Community Academy is a certified educational program designed to give participants a working knowledge of the City of Hayward Police Department. It consists of a series of classes and discussions held once a week, on a designated evening for a period of two hours. There is no cost to anyone who enrolls.

Community Oriented Policing plays an important and vital role in reducing crime in any community. Therefore the Hayward Police Department instituted the Community Academy in 1993 to improve communication and partnership opportunity with the community we serve. It is our hope that the graduates will become partners with us in identifying problems and solutions to the issues that may affect our community. Graduates will take their knowledge to their neighborhoods where they can use it to enhance the quality of neighborhood life.

This program provides an in-depth view into various areas of law enforcement. It is an educational and informative program that allows residents the opportunity to learn about the issues that affect law enforcement and community efforts in the City of Hayward.

Our intent, through education, is to build understanding, responsibility, accountability and partnership between members of the community, the police department and other service organizations.
Goals of the Community Academy
  • To develop partnerships between members of the community and the Police Department.
  • To promote open lines of communication between members of the community and the Police Department.
  • To offer new insight on how the police do their job.
  • To assist in providing a realistic view and clear understanding of the Police Department.

It is hoped that all graduates of the Community Academy will get to know more about the men and women who protect their community and why they make the decisions they do while performing that duty.

The academy is also intended to bolster the city’s Neighborhood Alert program. Our aim is for Block Captains of Neighborhood Alert as well as participants in the Volunteers In Polices Services (VIPS) program to become involved with community partnerships and volunteer programs.

This application contains:
  • The Guidelines for Participation in the Community Academy
  • Community Academy Application and Waiver
  • Declaration of Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability Form

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