Citizens Police Academy

Mission Statement

The mission of the Citizen’s Police Academy is to educate the citizens of Ridgecrest by providing them with an inside look at Ridgecrest Police Department operations; to enable the Police Department to remain responsive to the needs of our community and to continue the delivery of quality police services to our community.

The Ridgecrest Citizen’s Police Academy is a nine-week program designed to give members of the community an inside look at local law enforcement. During the Academy, students will be introduced to a variety of topics to give them an overview of the Ridgecrest Police Department‘s function and operational procedures. Graduates from the Academy are encouraged to continue their involvement with the Police Department by becoming one of our Volunteers in Police and Community Together (PACT) and/or the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). 

Participants in the Citizen’s Police Academy are selected by through an application process. Enrollment is limited to twenty (20) students. Potential candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

• Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
• Must live or work in the IWV.
• Must have NO felony convictions.
• Must have had no serious misdemeanor convictions in the last 5 years.

The Citizen’s Police Academy application and information are available at the Ridgecrest Police Department, 100 W. California Ave., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can also email Sergeant Ryan Marrone ( for an application.

The Citizen’s Police Academy is a great way to learn about your community, meet people and get to know the men and women of your police department. To learn more about the Academy, please leave a message for Sgt. Ryan Marrone – Ridgecrest Police Department at (760) 499-5143 or e-mail


View the press release (PNG) to learn more about the program and then submit your application for the academy (PDF).