Citizens' Police Academy


The Citizens' Academy assists the Erie Police Department in meeting one of its primary goals, which is to provide assistance and customer service through education, advice, community involvement, and proactive law enforcement operations.

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The academy was designed to provide a medium for citizens to understand why police do the things they do, encourage citizens to become active in volunteering to help police their own neighborhoods, and to heighten citizen ownership in the Erie Police Department.

The academy is 9 weeks in length and meets every Friday night from 7:00-10:00 pm at the Erie Police Department.

Register Today!

The next Citizens' Police Academy will begin on Friday, March 6, 2020. Deadline for applications is February 21, 2020. Complete the Citizens' Academy Application to get started. Please contact 303-926-2803 for more information. Applications can be mailed in, dropped off in person at the police department or Emailed to Erie Police Department Records.


All civilian participants must complete an application of intent and pass a criminal background check. Applicants will not be allowed to participate unless a release of liability and indemnification agreement has been signed and turned in prior to the start of the academy. Must be 18 to participate. Ages 16-17 may attend with a parent who is also attending.

Notification of acceptance will be sent via e-mail and U.S. mail to all participants. Class is limited to 20 attendees.

The Erie Police Department Citizens' Police Academy offers the following:

  • Building searches, including shoot / don't shoot scenarios
  • Criminal law and civil liberties education
  • Introduction to prosecution, restorative justice, the courts, and trials
  • Investigative techniques
  • Officer survival
  • Ride along with on-duty police officers
  • SWAT team demonstrations
  • Vehicle stops and DUI investigations