Citizen's Public Safety Academy

CPSA class of 2019

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety holds a 12-week academy annually. This academy is designed to educate the public about the Department of Public Safety and to involve citizens in an interactive opportunity to get to know the officers and firefighters on a more personal level.

Approximately 25 citizens will be allowed to attend on a first-come, first-served basis. Academy dates vary from year to year, but the academy is traditionally held on Tuesday nights.

2021 Academy

The 2021 Academy will be held 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays:

  • Aug. 24 and 31.
  • Sept. 7, 11*, 14, 21, and 28.
  • Oct. 2*, 5, 12, 16*, 19, and 26. 
  • Nov. 2 and 6* 
  • Graduation will be Tuesday, Nov. 9.

*Four optional Saturday classes will be held Sept. 11, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, and Nov. 6, covering personal safety (this is hands-on training), fire rescue/attack, firearms and emergency vehicle operations (yes, you get to shoot our guns and drive our police cars and fire trucks). 

Classes will be held at the Grants Pass Public Safety Center, Hillcrest Public Safety Station, or Parkway Public Safety Center. Dinner and beverages will be provided at each class. 

Apply online today

Applications due by 5 p.m. Aug. 6, 2021.

Questions: Contact Sgt. Ken Frownfelter, (541) 450-6245, or Kelly Busch, (541) 450-6200.


  • Arrest Procedures
  • CERT
  • Community Policing
  • Community Service Officers
  • Crime Prevention
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Crime Scene Processing
  • Criminal Law
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Department history
  • Dispatch
  • Drug and Alcohol Enforcement
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Ethics
  • Extrication and air Bag Rescue Systems
  • Fire Attack
  • fire Extinguishers
  • Fire Prevention
  • Fire Rescue
  • Fire Size-Up and Fire Spread
  • Firearms
  • Gang and Youth Related Issues
  • High Risk Car Stops
  • Hiring Process
  • K-9
  • Negotiations
  • Officer Survival
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Pursuits
  • Rapid Deployment
  • Search and Seizure
  • Tactical Team Response
  • Technical Rescue
  • Tours of the Police and Fire Departments
  • Traffic Enforcement


Citizens interested in attending should:

  1. Live in, work in, or be a current student within the City of Grants Pass
  2. Fill out an application
  3. Pass a criminal background check
  4. Participate in at least nine of the 12 nights
  5. Be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver's license

Apply online here by 5 p.m. Aug. 6.

Contact Us

  1. Crime Prevention Officer

    Officer Ken Frownfelter

    Direct: 541-450-6245
    Office: 541-450-6260
    Fax: 541-476-8527
    Email Officer Frownfelter

    Mailing Address

    City of Grants Pass
    Department of Public Safety
    726 NE 7th Street
    Grants Pass, OR 97526

  1. Application Period Open

    The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety will be holding its 30th Citizen's Public Safety Academy beginning Tuesday, August 24, 2021. Deadline for Application is: August 6, 2021.

    You can apply as follows:

    Fill out and submit the online form

    Download, fill out, and return the Citizen's Public Safety Academy application (PDF) as directed on the form.