The Citizen Police Academy is a fourteen-week program designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Austin Police Department. Each session consists of weekly classes that meet at Austin Police Headquarters. The instruction is comprehensive, each week different units within the department are covered.
The slogan of the Citizen Police Academy is, “Understanding through Education.” The goal is to educate the public about the Austin Police Department and to increase the rapport between citizens and police officers.
We hope the graduates of the Citizen Police Academy become more aware and better informed about how the Police Department operates, and will encourage friends, coworkers and families to join the Austin Police Department in this rewarding program.
As of May 2015, 2,119 citizens have graduated from 83 classes. Classes are hosted two times a year at APD Headquarters, 715 E 8th Street.
**The Citizen Police Academy is not in session during the Summer of 2015.**
**Due to the overwhelming interest in the 2015 Fall sessions, applications are no longer being accepted. 2016 Spring application information will be posted in November 2015.**