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The Colorado Springs Police Department Citizens’ Academy educates citizens about the duties and responsibilities of its police officers, policies and procedures of the department, and the citizen's role in the interaction of citizens and police through a series of 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, K9, SWAT, Internal Affairs, and many more. Participation in a "ride-along" program is also available where citizens can actually ride along with patrol officers to see the world through their eyes. These classes are instructed by police personnel. Citizens that complete all the classes receive a Certificate of Completion at the final session.

When does the Academy meet?

The Citizens’ Academy is currently planned to begin August 24, 2017, and the last session is November 2, 2017. Please get your application and information to the CSPD Community Relations Unit by August 3, 2017. 

Where does the Academy meet? 

The Citizens' Academy meets one day 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 session being conducted. Although there is no cost to the citizen, a substantial time commitment is required. Citizens 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? 

Complete our brief application form (click button to open form). Classes are kept small to ensure interaction through discussions, as well as hands-on participation; therefore, applications are on a first returned, first processed basis. The Community Relations Unit will be contacting you via email and via phone for additional information. Please make sure to check your spam and junk folders periodically if you do not hear from the Community Relations Team within four or five business days.

Please contact the Community Relations Unit at 719-444-7410 for further information or email at: cspdcommunityrelations@springsgov.com

Applications are CLOSED at this time. Please check out our website starting in the middle of Summer 2018 for the Fall 2018 Citizens' Academy.