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Citizen Police Academy

The Citizens Academy is generally held twice a year in the Spring and the Fall but is suspended until further notice due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19​.

T​he 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.

The Citizens Academy is generally held twice a year in the Spring and the Fall but is suspended until further notice due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19​.

Topics

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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