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Community Police Academy: Apply Now
Have you ever wanted to know more about police work? The Community Police Academy is a free 7-week program designed to provide community members with firsthand information and experience about how the Healdsburg Police Department operates. 


The Community Police Academy is taught by veteran police officers and department personnel. Weekly three-hour sessions cover topics including patrol, criminal investigations, traffic stops, narcotics, officer use of force, officer safety, community policing, and defensive tactics.

The classes will be held at the Police Department (238 Center Street) on Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. T
he first session of the Community Police Academy will begin on October 2, 2019. 

Application Process and Application


Applications are being accepted until August 31, 2019. Applicants must pass a background check before being accepted into the Community Police Academy. This is a free class open to all community members 18 years and older with no felony convictions. Community members who live or work within the city limits will receive first consideration.

For more information or if you're interested in applying for a future Community Academy, please call Sergeant Nick Castaneda at 707-431-3371 or email him here.

Download the application here. The form is also available at the Police Department and by mail on request. Email completed applications to Sergeant Castaneda or drop them off at the front counter of the Police Department, ATTN Sergeant Nick Castaneda.


Currently Recruiting for Police Officer


The Healdsburg Police Department is searching for qualified individuals who want to join our corps of law enforcement professionals. Currently employed police officers; graduates from an accredited California Post Police Academy; or within 60 days of graduation; or out of state applicants that are eligible for POST certification are asked to submit your city application (PDF), or call 707-431-3322.

You can also download more detailed information about the position details (PDF).

Texting + Driving = Ticket


Those who have yet to hang up their cellphones when behind the wheel may want to start this month. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and law enforcement plans to aggressively enforce laws involving distracted driving.

“It’s Not Worth It!” Is the California Highway Patrol and Office of Traffic Safety campaign. Not only using cellphones without hands-free headsets, but texting, putting on makeup, reading the newspaper while driving are all things considered a distraction.

Cellphone use has made distracted driving a rapidly growing problem. In 2010, more than 3,000 people died in crashes believed to have been caused by distracted driving, according to the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tickets for texting while driving begin at $159 for an initial violation and can grow by hundreds of dollars for each subsequent one. Think before you call or text someone, is that text message or cellphone call really worth $159?

Events Calendar


View the Police Department events calendar to stay up to date.