Const. Jaime Shepherd Community Police Academy Coordinator
Over the years, the Toronto Police Service has engaged in various levels of community consultations in an effort to improve transparency and understanding of policing in the communities we serve. The Civilian Police College was first introduced on September 18, 1996. The program was developed to create awareness within our community of the challenges of policing our diverse city in the 1990's. The program was cancelled in 2006.
In partnership with Humber College, the Community Police Academy was re-launched on October 22, 2016 at the request of Chief Mark Saunders and Deputy Chief Peter Yuen. The Service’s Police and Community Engagement Review (PACER) and the Transformational Task Force (TTF) both recognized the need to educate the public and enhance information-sharing with the community in order to forge better relationships. The creation of the Community Police Academy addresses the suggestions made in the PACER Report and clearly illustrates the Service’s commitment to the TTF principles of an Actively Accountable and Trusted, Transparent and Engaged and Inclusive and Collaborative Police Service.
The goals and objectives for the Community Police Academy:
This nine-week course will teach you all about policing in Toronto. From our rich history, to neighbourhood policing, to crime scene management, to how we investigate violent crimes, the lessons will give you deeper knowledge into how, and why, we do the things we do.
Taught by subject matter experts at the Service, students will also gain a better understanding of how they can partner with us to keep our communities safe.
The Academy is free to anyone 16 years of age and older who lives, works, or volunteers in the city of Toronto. Students must attend every week in order to graduate; exceptions will only be made under exigent circumstances.
Hosted by the Toronto Police College, located at 70 Birmingham Street in south Etobicoke, this best-in-class training facility will offer in-class lectures and discussions as well as practical exercises.
The Toronto Police Service has partnered with Humber College to offer credits upon successful completion of the Community Police Academy. Graduates will be recognized by Chief Mark Saunders and will be eligible for exemption from one course (3 credits) in Humber’s Police Foundations Diploma.
In order to apply for a transfer credit, students need to be aware of the following:
To learn more about Humber College's Police Foundations Diploma, please visit the course website.
Our Academy will be a place where the public can learn about the police, community safety and crime prevention. We want our communities to be informed so they can be empowered to positively impact community safety and well-being.
The course is offered on Saturdays and runs for 9 weeks. There are no classes on Statutory Holidays. Please note each class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., unless otherwise noted in the schedule.
A complete schedule will be available on the first day of class but students can expect the curriculum to include the following areas of the Toronto Police Service:
TPS launches program that helps civilians learn about policing (sharenews.com, October 26, 2016)