Citizens' Police Academy

Questions should be directed to Officer John Antrim at 791-5211 Ext. 1114.
Applications can be faxed to 520-791-4261.

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The Citizens’ Police Academy, which held its first class in February 1995, is designed to provide community leaders with a greater understanding of the Tucson Police Department and its operations through class lectures as well as hands-on experiences. It is the goal to make this course an informative and enjoyable experience for all of those involved. It is also an opportunity for the police department to learn from participants through discussion and interaction with instructors, classmates, and visiting Tucson Police Department commanders and staff. The overall objective is to further a partnership in making Tucson a great place to live, work, and raise our families!

It is the intention of the Tucson Police Department, through this 13-week Academy course, to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the functions and responsibilities of providing law enforcement services in Tucson. The police department's members and instructors are professional with their presentations and in making all participants feel welcome.

Academy Schedule

The Tucson Police Department conducts a spring and fall session of the Citizens' Police Academy. Each session is twelve weeks in length, with classes meeting on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the City of Tucson's Public Safety Training Academy. The twelfth week of the Academy is a graduation ceremony, which family and friends are welcome to attend.

Entrance Requirements

Interested candidates for the Citizens’ Police Academy must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • No misdemeanor arrests within six months of application
  • No felony arrests or convictions within five years of application
  • Excellent character

The Police Department confidentially reviews all applications for approval. There is no cost to apply or enter the Citizens’ Police Academy.

Selection Procedure

The Chief of Police generally selects Citizens’ Police Academy students through a nomination and application process. Citizens are nominated by police staff, past Citizens’ Police Academy graduates, and by direct application. Enrollment is limited to approximately thirty students per session. For more information or an application, call 520-791-5211 Ext. 1116.

Some of the covered topics include:

  • Community Policing in Tucson
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Police/Media Relations
  • Crime Laboratory
  • 911 Communications
  • Air Support
  • Traffic Law
  • Domestic Violence Issues
  • K-9 Support
  • Firearms Use
  • Vice and Narcotics
  • SWAT and Hostage Support
  • Gangs
  • Victim/Witness Program
  • Crime Prevention

Whose Problem is Crime?

Crime is a community problem, not just a police problem. The safety of all citizens depends on actions and involvement by all of us. The Tucson Police Department believes that community education is an essential and productive activity that leads to an effective partnership that attacks the causes of community problems, not merely the symptoms.

  • Form or join a coalition to address problems
  • Support established solutions like Neighborhood Associations
  • Work to improve our community environment.
  • Blend all of the talents of the police and community for a better Tucson!