The Colorado Springs Police Department Academy educates citizens about the duties and responsibilities, as well as the policies and procedures, of the department, and the citizen's role in the interaction of citizens and police through a series of twelve classes. In addition to helping the citizens better understand the police department, it in turn helps the police department better understand the citizens and their concerns.
What Topics are covered in the Academy?
The Citizens' Academy covers many topics related to law enforcement in our community including: hiring, training, patrol division (basic police equipment, response procedures, narcotics, DUI, laws) communications division (call taking and dispatching), criminal investigations division (crime scene investigation, major crimes, financial crimes), gangs, sexual assault, the K9, SWAT, Internal Affairs and many more. Participation in a "ride-along" program is also available where students can actually ride along with patrol officers to see the world through their eyes. These classes are instructed by police personnel. Students that graduate receive a certificate at a graduation celebration.
Where does the Academy meet?
The Citizens' Academy meets once a week on Thursdays from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for 11 weeks. The Academy is held at the various police facilities depending on the type of training being conducted. Although there is no cost to the student, a substantial time commitment is required from the student. Students are expected to attend all of the sessions.
Who may attend?
Anyone who lives or works in the City of Colorado Springs, and who is at least 18 years of age. Successful completion of a background investigation is required to attend the Citizens' Academy.
How to Apply?
We are not accepting applications at this time. We anticipate taking applications in July for a Fall 2015 session.
Once we begin accepting applications, there will be a link provided to the application. Classes are kept small to insure interaction through discussions, as well as hands-on participation. Therefore, applications are on a first returned, first processed basis.
How has the community responded to the Citizen Police Academy?
Students of the Citizens' Academy have responded very favorably. Most attendees are surprised with the level of transparency and openness that the Officers have as well as the amount of knowledge they gain.
Please contact the Community Relations Unit at 719-444-7410 for further information.