Citizens' Police Academy

The Citizens’ Police Academy (CPA) is a multi-week program conducted up to ten times a year, with an average of 25-35 attendees. Is designed to familiarize Citizens with the “how/what/why” of Police procedures, and provide an opportunity interact and ask Officers questions. The CPA is no longer held exclusively at the Police Academy, but moves around the Police District Stations, and other sites, including the Denver Police Academy.

The Citizens’ Academies do their best to reflect current themes and topics, and encourage discussion of how the Police operate in general.

Scheduled Citizen's Police Academies:

Participants attend lectures and discussions on subjects such as:

  • Officer Safety
  • Police History
  • Constitutional Laws
  • Arrest/Search/Seizure
  • Internal Affairs Process
  • Less Lethal Weapons
  • Radio Room/911 Center

Officers and other experts assist with lectures and demonstrations. Upon completion of the program participants receive a certificate, and are able to participate in (2)“ride-alongs” on patrol shifts, and invited to consider joining the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) unit.

Contact Us

Volunteers in Police Service
1331 Cherokee Street 
Room 110
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: (720) 913-6877


Apply Now!

To apply, complete the packet, print, fill out and submit by email or fax to:

Technician Dean Christopherson
Public Affairs Unit

Phone: (720) 913-6167
Fax: (720) 913-7019