Community Partnerships & Programs

Partnerships between the Scottsdale Police Departments and the citizens we serve make our community safer and stronger.

Neighborhood Watch

Neighbors take care of neighbors and work with Police in the community. Start a neighborhood watch.

Scottsdale Police Citizens' Academy

The ten-week series gives participants an up-close look at how the police department operates to help you understand what we do, how and why we do it. The academy is open to Scottsdale residents, Scottsdale business owners/employees and City of Scottsdale employees. You must be at least 18 years of age to participate.

The Spring 2024 session is full! Fall dates will be announced this summer. Click the orange box below to be added to the waitlist for future sessions.

Join the waitlist for a future session

For more information, please contact Community Engagement Coordinator Allison Sempsis at 480-312-1910.

Scottsdale Public Safety Teen Academy

Scottsdale’s Public Safety Teen Academy offers young people (ages 14-18) the opportunity to learn about careers in the fire and police departments through hands-on learning and demonstrations over five consecutive days each summer.

For information about the academy, contact Fire Public Education Officer Lori Schmidt at 480-312-1817.

Scottsdale Police Cadet Program

The Scottsdale Police Department Cadet program provides an opportunity for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 21 to work alongside, train with, and assist police personnel. The Cadets receive specialized law enforcement training, attend weekly meetings and volunteer to perform important community services. Along the way, they learn to work as a team, they gain leadership skills, and they serve the community.

Cadets participate in many aspects of police work but are not placed in dangerous situations

You can become a Scottsdale Police Cadet by meeting the following requirements:

  • Age 14 to 21 years of age
  • Maintain a 2.0 (C) grade point average in all high school grade reports through the 12th grade
  • Have no serious arrests or convictions
  • Pass a background investigation
  • Pass an oral interview
  • Have outstanding ethical and moral standards
  • Demonstrate a willingness to serve and participate in Cadet activities

For more information about the Scottsdale Police Cadet Program, contact Sherry Barron at 480-312-0307 or Officer Devon Lines at 480-312-5127.