Citizen Police Academy
The Anchorage Police Department Citizen Police Academy program is designed to promote and enhance citizen understanding and awareness of the role of the Anchorage Police Department within our community.
The objective of the course is not to prepare graduates to become police officers, but instead, to instill in citizens a greater general knowledge of the many functions of APD.
To attend citizens must meet the following established criteria: a) participants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and, b) must pass a background investigation check c) must reside within the Municipality of Anchorage.
Participation requires a commitment of one evening a week (on Wednesdays) and one Saturday afternoon for a fourteen (14) week period. Participants will meet on Wednesday evenings for three (3) hours, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. The Saturday afternoon session is from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. In addition, at the participant’s convenience, ride-alongs with a patrol officer and/or observation time in the Dispatch Center may be scheduled.
Classes are held at the Anchorage Police Training Center 3760 West Dimond Blvd (corner of Jewel Lake & Dimond).
The Citizens Academy is generally held twice a year in the Spring and the Fall.
The application for the Citizens Academy is now available. This application will remain on-line until the class is full or December 1, whichever occurs first.
The following topics are those which are typically covered in the Citizen Police Academy. Each night of class consists of one or more topics, each taught by police officers, detectives, or other personnel in their various fields of expertise.
Homicide Investigations & Evidence Collection
Drug Investigations/Vice Crimes
School Resource Officer Program
Neighborhood Crime Watch
Photo's from previous Citizen Police Academies
Click here to go to the Citizens Academy Alumni Association website
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Anita Shell at 907-786-8664
Child Abuse & Sexual Assault
Traffic Enforcement/Fatality Investigations
Tour of the Anchorage Police Department (includes Dispatch & Crime Lab)
Swat Team/Hostage Negotiations