Community Police Academy
The Community Members’ Police Academy assists the Erie Police Department in meeting one of its primary goals of enhancing partnerships by engaging with community members through education and community outreach events.
The academy was designed to provide a medium for community members to understand why police do the things they do, encourage community members to become active in volunteering to help police their own neighborhoods, and to heighten 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.
The next Community Members’ Police Academy will begin on Friday, March 5, 2021. Deadline for applications is February 19, 2021. Complete the Community Members’ Police Academy Application Opens in New Window 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 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 24 attendees.
The Erie Police Department Community Members’ Police Academy offers the following:
- Building searches, including shoot / don’t shoot scenarios
- Criminal law and civil liberties education
- Community Policing
- Introduction to prosecution, restorative justice and the courts
- Investigative techniques
- Officer survival
- SWAT team demonstrations
- Vehicle stops and DUI investigations