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Ojai Station: 2015 Citizen's Academy Accepting Applicants/ Begins April 7, 2015
3/18/2015 1:23:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Ojai Citizen's Academy

Report Number:



Ojai Police Station, 402 S. Ventura St., Ojai Ca.

Date & Time:

April 7th 2015 thru June 11th 2015

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ojai Police Department

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (Party), (D)ecedent

City of Residence






On April 7th, 2015, the Ojai Police Department will begin its 2015 Citizen's Academy program. This is a ten-week course designed to give citizens an overview of the police department's function and operational procedures.


There will be presentations by a superior court judge, K-9 officer, S.W.A.T. team members, bomb squad, narcotic officers, and many others.  Participants will also have the opportunity to meet the Chief of Police and get a comprehensive tour of the police station. There will be field trips to the Pre-Trial Detention Facility (main jail), Sheriff's Dispatch, the Sheriff's Training Academy, and heliport. Participants will also get the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol deputy in Ojai.


Anyone interested in attending the Citizen's Academy can get an application at the Ojai Police Station or Ojai City Hall.  You can also have one mailed to you by calling 646-1414 during normal business hours.  Potential candidates must be at least 18 years of age, live or work in Ojai or the unincorporated area of the Ojai Valley, have no felony convictions, and have no misdemeanor convictions within one year of applying. Applications can be mailed, faxed (640-1803), e-mailed to  or dropped off at the police station.


Classes will meet on Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for ten consecutive weeks. Classes will be held at the Ojai Police Station.


For additional information call the Ojai Police Station at 805-646-1414 or email Sergeant Rick Harwood at

Prepared by:

Sgt. Rick Harwood


News Release Date:

March 18, 2015


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Andrea Regan (805) 620-1874


Approved by:

Captain Mark Franke


Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).