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Community Police Academy#

Fort Collins Police Services Community Police Academy provides community members with an inside look at local law enforcement. The Community 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 gives an inside look at organization and exposes participants to the daily operational duties of police officers.

The Community Academy is taught by Police Services members, each highlighting their individual area of expertise. During the multi-week academy, participants learn about the training of police officers, special units including the K9 program, mental health response, investigations, arrest control techniques, Internal Affairs, dispatch, records, and more. Academy members can ride along in a patrol car or sit along with dispatch to experience firsthand the activities police officers and dispatchers routinely are exposed to and how they handle each situation.

Potential candidates for the Community 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. Fort Collins Police Services offers one academy each year. There is no cost to those attending the academy, just a commitment to attend all classes. The Academy will be held September 7th through October 26th every Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00 PM. For additional information, contact Sergeant Mike Boward at