Community Affairs


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 for a 13 week period.  Participants will meet on Wednesday evenings for three (3) hours, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.  In addition, at the participant’s ​convenience, a ride-along 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 & Di​mond).

The Citizens Academy is generally held twice a year in the Spring and the Fall.

The Spring session of the APD Citizens Academy class is full!

Watch for the Fall class schedule and application in July 2020.


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. 

  • Cyber Crime
  • Fraud/Financial Crime
  • Homicide Investigations & Evidence Collection
  • DWI
  • Drug Investigations/Vice Crimes
  • K-9
  • School Resource Officer Program
  • Neighborhood Crime Watch
  • Designer Drugs​
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Child Abuse & Sexual Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Traffic Enforcement/Fatality Investigations 
  • Firearm Safety
  • 911/Dispatch
  • Swat Team/Hostage Negotiations​

For more information contact the Community Relations Unit, 786-8571.

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