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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 thirteen (13) 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 held twice a year in the Spring and the Fall.

The current Fall 2016 Citizens Academy is underway. Applications for the 2017 Spring Citizens Academy will be provided next year.


The following topics are those which are typically covered in the Citizen Police Academy.  Each night of class consists of two 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


Drug Investigations/Vice Crimes

Emergency Preparedness

Recruiting/Police Careers

Crime Prevention


Photo's from previous Citizen Police Academies

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Patrol Procedures

Child Abuse & Sexual Assault

Domestic Violence

Traffic Enforcement/Fatality Investigations

Gangs in Anchorage

Firearm Safety

Tour of the Anchorage Police Department (includes Dispatch & Crime Lab)

Swat Team/Hostage Negotiations

    • Police Department
    • Chief of Police : Christopher Tolley
    • 4501 Elmore Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
    • 907 786-8500