Community Police and Fire Academy Age-Friendly Engagement

When it comes to the safety of adults, 55 and older, the Saskatoon Police Service and the Saskatoon Fire Department, in partnership with the Saskatoon Council on Aging, are putting the focus on prevention. And they're doing this through a fun, innovative age-friendly program called the Community Police and Fire Academy.

This new collaborative venture aims to empower and educate older adults by providing information about safety and security issues that will help them live safely and independently.

Participants will gain valuable knowledge about the police and fire services such as: home and personal security, fraud prevention, internet safety, traffic safety, elder abuse, K-9 policing, emergency preparedness, fire safety, fall prevention, the 911 system and how to report a crime.

The Community Police and Fire Academy is a ten week program beginning February 12, 2020 and ending on April 15, 2020. The 2.5 hour sessions will be held on Wednesday mornings between 9:30 am and noon in the Community Room of the Saskatoon Police Service (76 25th Street East) or the Community Room of Fire Station No. 3 (2613 Clarence Avenue South).

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants and is free to attend. Applicants must be 55 years or over, live in the Saskatoon area, commit to attending all sessions and have an interest in learning more about the police and fire services here in Saskatoon. Applicants are encouraged to fill out the application completely, including why they would like to attend and how they will be able to share the knowledge they gain with our community.

Application Instructions:

Deadline to apply is January 15, 2020

If you have any questions, please contact the Community Police and Fire Academy Coordinator:

Community Liaison Officer
306-975-8032
cpfa@police.saskatoon.sk.ca

Community Police Academy

The goal of the Community Police Academy (CPA) is to give community members a better understanding of the Saskatoon Police Service through information and education. During the 13-week course, participants will hear from SPS members from a variety of different units. Theses members will provide an in-depth look into a specific unit, and discuss their roles and responsibilities of the job. Not only will participants hear first-hand from these front-line workers but they will also have the opportunity to observe real Police exhibits, try on equipment and become an officer…for a few hours; Each participant will get a chance to join an officer for a ride-along with Patrol and a sit-in in Communications and in Detention. The course will conclude with a graduation ceremony in December.

It is hoped that this approach will develop positive interactions between the public and the Police, and help to further educate community members through participants sharing their experiences. This falls in line with the objectives of the CPA which are:

  • To promote the Saskatoon Police Service with the citizens of Saskatoon.
  • To provide information and education on the Saskatoon Police Service to the Saskatoon community.
  • To provide feedback for problem solving by identifying concerns expressed by participants.
  • To provide an ongoing forum for the community on the functions of the Saskatoon Police Service on safety and crime concerns, which will aid in problem solving and community policing.
  • To provide orientation training to Saskatoon Police Service volunteers.

Course Details

Participants of the Community Police Academy are members of the Saskatoon community from all walks of life. Each class will have representation from a variety of Saskatoon communities, businesses and organizations, volunteers and the general public.

The 13 week course runs from September to December, with classes held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The sessions are held in the Community Room in the Saskatoon Police Service Headquarters; 76 - 25th Street East, Saskatoon. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. An informal record check will be performed by SPS staff prior to approval. A large time commitment is necessary as candidates will be required to attend a minimum of 10 of the 13 sessions to officially graduate.

How To Apply

***Course is Full. Registration will open in spring of 2020***

CPA Background

The first Community Police Academy held in Saskatoon was on February 6, 2002. The graduates of Class #1 proved that the citizens of Saskatoon are very excited to learn more about their Police Service. The concept of a Community Police Academy originated in England in 1977 when the Devon and Cornwell Constabulary in Middlemoor, Exeter began "Police Night School.” In 1985 the Orlando, Florida Police Department laid claim to the first North American "Citizens' Police Academy," while the Regina Police Service's Academy became a Canadian first. These Police Services, along with many others throughout the years, have enjoyed a great deal of success through hosting a Community Police Academy.

Contact

Community Police Academy Coordinator:
Constable Jing Xiao
Community Liaison Officer
306-975-2296
cpa@police.saskatoon.sk.ca