Classes & Training

Community engagement is a key part of public safety, and the Sandy Springs Police Department hosts a large array of community safety training opportunities which are free to the public.

Citizens Police Academy

The 9-week course is designed to give participants an up-close study of police operations in Sandy Springs. The program covers the organization of the police department and classes on units within the department, such as the Criminal Investigative Unit, Traffic Unit and North and South Districts. The classes are taught by experienced police officers who are subject matter experts in each unit area. Classes include first aid instruction; defensive tactics and firearms familiarization. Following graduation from this program, the participants are eligible for other volunteer opportunities within the department.  Minimum age is 21.

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Women’s Self Defense Class

The SSPD Women’s Self Defense Course is reality-based, single session class held every other month. The class is put on by certified defensive tactics instructors. The minimum age for this class is 17.

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Handgun Safety Class

The Sandy Springs Police Department offers basic gun safety classes. This class is held once per month on a Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Police HQ. Participants are taught responsible gun ownership, carry laws, and have an opportunity to use the Firearms Training Simulator.

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