Student Public Safety Academy

In addition to the Always Safe, Always Prepared (ASAP) program, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety developed a Student Public Safety Academy along the same lines as the very popular Citizen's Public Safety Academy.

The Student Public Safety Academy is a semester long elective course offered at Grants Pass High School to Junior and Senior students. Officers, Dispatchers, Firefighters, and Supervisors come into the classroom and teach the students a wide variety of topics in an effort to enlighten and educate the students on the intricacies of working in the Public Safety realm.


The classes last 45 minutes each and are offered every school day for 18 weeks. The topics taught include, but are not limited to:
  • Accreditation
  • Arrest and patrol procedures
  • Community Policing
  • Criminal and narcotics investigations and crime scene processing
  • Criminal law
  • Emergency medical services
  • Ethics
  • Extrication
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire size-up
  • Fire spread
  • Hiring process
  • Juvenile issues
  • K-9
  • Officer survival and personal safety
  • Polygraph
  • Rapid intervention team
  • Report Writing
  • Specialty teams
  • Technical Rescue
  • Traffic

Hands-On Experience

Along with classroom instruction, students can expect to experience hands-on what it's like to take a polygraph examination, how to lift latent fingerprints, run a radar gun, drive the police and fire vehicles (on a closed course), learn physical skills to protect themselves, use a fire extinguisher, and use extrication tools to cut up a car.


Students are expected to maintain a daily journal, complete instructor and topic evaluations, participate in class, pass written examinations, and complete a class project.