TPD Officers are helping to save teen drivers lives!


Registration for March classes will open Friday Feb 21st at 8:30 am.

Registration forms will appear at the bottom of this page once registration opens on Feb 21st at 8:30am.  March class dates/times:  March 7th at 7am, March 7th at noon, March 21st at 7am & March 21st at noon.

Classes will fill very quickly!!!!


You can register for free. 

A donation to SALEF of $50 is suggested and will help us sustain the program.  A donation in support of the START program can be made during registration or anytime!

Car accidents are the leading killer of American teens and experts say that inadequate training is one of the leading contributing factors in these crashes. Teens get on the roads with very little behind-the-wheel experience  and lack the skills they need to drive safely.  Many teens are also susceptible to the temptations of their electronic devices and other distractions.    Professional driving instructors from the Tucson Police Department are here to help.

The S.T.A.R.T. program provides teen drivers with critical information on decision-making, judgement and basic motor vehicle driving skills related to commonly encountered collision factors.  The behind-the-wheel portion consists of six exercises:

  • Evasive Steering
  • Controlled Braking
  • Basic Skid Control
  • Off-Road/Pavement Recovery
  • Anti-lock Brake System Familiarization
  • Distracted Driving Simulator


Teens have an opportunity to attend a 5-hour class at the Tucson Police Academy,  located at 10001 South Wilmot Road, where the hands-on, behind-the-wheel training takes place on a state of the art closed driving course.  Classes are scheduled throughout the school year, between September and May.  The classes are taught by Tucson Police Department officers who are professional driving instructors. Vehicles are provided by the Tucson Police Department and Jim Click Automotive.

Classes begin promptly at designated start times. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Allow extra travel time to avoid traffic delays. Parent signatures are required for drivers under 18. NO EXCEPTIONS.  Bring your license, proof of insurance and waiver forms to class or email to  START Waiver_Release_mgrev. (00591340xC01F0)

***YOU MUST HAVE A DRIVERS LICENSE (no permits accepted).  Please do not register with a ‘permit’. 

Once you complete the registration process, please complete and submit the START WAIVER/PHOTO RELEASE to Andrea Fierros at prior to your class date/time.  THANK YOU!

Questions?  Please call Andrea Fierros (520) 837-7235 or email

Snacks and drinks are provided. Certificates will be awarded at completion of the training course along with souvenirs as our thanks for attending.

March 7, 7am:

March 7, Noon:

March 21, 7am:

March 21, Noon: