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Partners in Policing ("PIP"), Teens and Policing ("TAP") Classes
Offered by Torrance Police Department

The Torrance Police Department (TPD) offers two community classes, "Partners in Policing" ("PIP") for adults, and "Teens and Policing" ("TAP") for teens.  The sessions usually begin in March and October.  The classes for adults are held Thursday evenings and the classes for teenagers are held Tuesday evenings.    Classes run from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, for approximately 10 - 12 weeks.  

Who: Torrance Police Department

What: Partners In Policing Class (PIP), Teens in Policing Class (TAP)

When: PIP classes for adults are held on Thursdays for 10-12 weeks beginning in March and October.
TAP classes for high school juniors and seniors are held on Tuesdays for 10-12 weeks beginning in March and October.

Where: Torrance Police Dept. (3300 Civic Center Drive, Torrance)

Cost: Free

Registration and information: Contact Officer Kelli McCarthy at (310) 618-6391
or email Kelli McCarthy@TorranceCA.Gov.

PIP and TAP are FREE Community Awareness Programs offered to Torrance residents.  The goal of the TPD is to build a stronger partnership with the Torrance community through PIP and TAP programs. We can fight crime and keep our neighborhoods even safer when we work as a team.

These classes will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the daily operations of the TPD, and allow you to "walk in the shoes of an officer" by experiencing hands-on exercises relating to the duties, services and responsibilities of policing. So, if you've ever wondered . . .

  • Why some police stops are made with guns drawn, and some are not
  • How K-9's are trained
  • What the jail looks like
  • How a "pit" maneuver is done
  • What it looks like through a high-powered SWAT rifle

Sign-up for PIP or TAP!  You'll learn all this, and more, by attending. You will see demonstrations from the SWAT and K-9 teams, and you'll meet Officers from the Gang, Crime Scene Investigation, Juvenile, and other Divisions.  PIP also will see demonstrations by the Forgery, Vice & Narcotics Division.  Each division will explain their investigative responsibilities and share stories from the field.  Plus, there are hands-on classes where you'll go through a driver's training course and use the Firearms Training Simulator.

Teenage Class / High School Juniors and Seniors

There is also a scaled down version for Torrance teens, called Teens and Policing (TAP). This class is offered to high school juniors and seniors on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. If you know of a teen that may be interested in taking this class, have them contact their school counselor for more information, or you can contact Officer Dave Crespin. The students who take this class will also earn school credit.

Space is limited, so if you're interested in participating in PIP or TAP, contact Officer Dave Crespin, at (310) 618-5688 or dcrespin@torrnet.com.

Visit the Citizens Academies page on the City of Torrance website for more details.