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Citizen Police Academy


Learn about what we do

The Citizens'  Police Academy is an educational program designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Police Department's personnel and policies. The academy consists of a series of classes held one night each week for three hours. The instruction is comprehensive, covering a different area of the police department each week.

Officers, supervisors and personnel assigned to the particular divisions conduct each instructional block.

Why was this class created?

The Citizens' Police Academy was created in order to provide enough information to participating citizens so that they may make informed judgments about the police department and police activity.

It is further hoped that the instruction will increase public awareness in order to dispel suspicions and misconceptions and to increase police community rapport through this education process. The department, in turn, becomes more aware of the feelings and concerns of the community from participant interaction and input.

The academy covers a wide variety of topics, such as criminal investigations, patrol operations, communications, crime prevention, courts and their functions, defensive tactics and firearms training. Instruction in these and other topics consist of lectures, demonstrations, tours and hands-on activities.

For more information

More information is available at or call University Police at (859) 572-5500.