Community Police Academy

The Community Police Academy assists the Erie Police Department in meeting one of its primary goals of engaging with the community through education and outreach.


The academy is designed to provide a way for community members to understand why police do the things they do, encourage volunteerism, and create a sense of ownership in their police department. 

The Community Police Academy includes participative classes on:

  • Building searches, including shoot/don't shoot scenarios
  • Criminal law and Constitutional concepts
  • Community Policing
  • Introduction to prosecution, restorative justice and courts
  • Investigative techniques
  • Officer Safety
  • SWAT team and K9 demonstrations
  • Vehicle stops and DUI investigations


The 9-week academy meets Wednesday nights from 6-9 p.m. at the Erie Police Department (1000 Telleen Avenue, Erie).

  • March 6
  • March 13
  • March 20
  • March 27
  • April 3
  • April 10
  • April 17
  • April 24
  • May 1


All 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 in the class.  Participants are asked to attend at least 6 of the 9 sessions to “graduate”.

Notification of acceptance will be sent via e-mail and U.S. mail to all participants. The class is limited to 24 attendees.


The Community Police Academy begins Wednesday, March 6, 2024.
To register, submit the online Community Police Academy Application


Subscribe to Police Alerts via NotifyMe to be the first to know when registration opens.


For more information, or to request a paper application in-person, please call 303-926-2832 or email.