What is a Citizens' Academy

The Citizens' Police Academy is a one-day citizen engagement program that is designed to provide Atherton residents with first-hand information about how their Police Department works. Training will be in an “academy setting” with a few hands-on exercises designed to give the participant a more realistic sense of what it’s like to work as a peace officer.  Participation in the Academy requires a commitment of one full day and early evening (7:00 am – 7:00 pm). The Academy will occur on May 18, 2019, at the Holbrook Palmer Park Pavilion (150 Watkins Avenue). Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided for participants.

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Chief McCulley

Message from Chief McCulley

It is my hope that you will join the men and women of the Atherton Police Department for this one-day Citizens' Police Academy. It’s a great opportunity to get an “insider's” view of the Department, become more knowledgeable about police services, and help to build and strengthen the communication, bonds, and relationships between officers and citizens.
For more information about the Academy please feel free to reach me directly at or my Assistant Jennifer Frew at

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