Fort Collins Police Services Citizen Police Academy provides community members with an inside look at local law enforcement. The Citizen Police Academy began in 1992 and was created to develop a strong partnership between community members and Fort Collins Police Services. Through the Academy, our police agency is truly open to the community and increased trust and understanding becomes possible through openness and education. The Academy allows participants to experience conditions similar to the training officers receive and exposes participants to the daily operational duties of police officers.
The Citizen Academy is taught by Police Services members, each highlighting their individual area of expertise. During the 12 week academy, citizens learn about the K-9 program, juvenile and gang issues, officer survival, crime scene investigation, DUI enforcement, use-of-force issues, records and dispatch, police ethics, discipline policy and philosophy, drug enforcement and education, and criminal and traffic laws. Academy members ride along in a patrol car at least once to experience firsthand the activities police officers routinely are exposed to and how they handle each situation.
Potential candidates for the Citizen Police Academy must be at least 18 years of age, live or work in the city of Fort Collins, have no prior felony convictions, and have no misdemeanor arrests within one year of application. Enrollment is limited to approximately 20 students per academy. Fort Collins Police Services offers one academy each year. There is no cost to the citizen to attend the academy, just a commitment to attend all required classes.