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, 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.
Spring 2019 Citizens Academy class is full. Applications for the Fall Citizens Academy will be available in August 2019.
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.