Citizens Police Academy

CPA 2020 Social MediaOur next Citizen Police Academy begins Thursday, March 5, 2020, and will continue for nine weeks. Graduation is Thursday, April 30.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 28, 2020.


Classes will be approximately three hours in length, meeting every Thursday from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. The goal of the department’s Citizen Police Academy is to enhance communication and understanding between the department and citizens. In an overall approach to community policing, citizens will participate and learn about their police department, its mission and goals, and the men and women of the department who serve the community on a daily basis.

Each week, students will learn about different aspects of law enforcement to include: laws of arrest, patrol techniques, domestic violence and crisis intervention, firearms safety, crime scene management, and traffic enforcement. Students will be given many opportunities for hands-on learning both in and outside of the actual classroom.

Once students graduate, our goal is to have a continued partnership.  Interested graduates will be given the opportunity to continue as volunteers and help assist police with different city functions.  They will be a part of a group called “Citizens on Patrol.”  More information about the goals and requirements of this group will be detailed during academy classes.

To apply, please complete the Citizen's Police Academy Application and follow the directions provided in the application. 

Applications are also available to pick-up at the front desk of the Public Safety Building, located at 3276 Buford Highway.

For questions or more details about the program, please contact Sergeant S. Parrish by emailing sparrish@duluthpd.com