What is It?
The Citizens’ Police Academy is made up of two distinct Academies, one held in the evening and one during the daytime. Applicants must be 18 or older to participate.
The Evening Citizens’ Police Academy is a fifteen (15) week program consisting of a series of interactive classes held once a week from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Most classes are held at the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway. The classes not held at City Hall are held at the Department’s District 1, District 2, and District 3 stations, the firing range, and the City of Aurora Public Safety Training Center. Started in 1993, the Citizens’ Police Academy has graduated 51 classes and 1,396 students.
The Daytime Citizens’ Police Academy is an eleven (11) week program, held during the day from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Aurora Center for Active Adults (ACAA). The ACAA is located at 30 Del Mar Circle. The class is designed to accommodate those whose schedules or abilities preclude them from attending the evening Academy. Because of time constraints, this Academy covers fewer topics than the Evening Academy. Started in 1998, the Daytime Citizens’ Police Academy has graduated 27 classes and 740 students.
When is it?
The Evening Citizens’ Police Academy is held in the spring and fall of each year, with sessions for the evening 15-week Academy typically starting in mid-February and mid-August. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings.
The Daytime Citizens’ Police Academy is held in the spring and fall of each year, with sessions for the 11-week Academy typically starting in mid-March and mid-September. Classes are held on Monday afternoons.
Applications for both Academies are accepted on a continual basis, and applicants will be notified of class schedules when applications are received. A background check will be run on all applicants approximately six weeks prior to the start of classes; upon successful completion of the background check, applicants will be sent a confirmation of acceptance to attend the Academy.
Who Can Attend?
Individuals who apply for the Citizens’ Police Academy must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants are accepted from all metro-area cities, but applicants from Aurora are given first preference to attend classes.
Community Oriented Policing plays an important and vital role in reducing crime. Therefore, the Aurora Police Department instituted the Citizens’ Police Academy in 1993 to improve communication and to obtain citizen input and support throughout the city. It is our hope that the graduates will become partners with us in identifying problems and solutions to the crime issues that are affecting our community. Graduates will gain knowledge that they can implement to enhance the quality of life in their respective neighborhoods.
What is taught?
• Overview of Patrol
• K-9 Unit
• Gang Unit and Gang Awareness
• Telecommunications (911) and Dispatch
• Use of Force
• Youth Programs
• Traffic law Enforcement
• Police Area Representatives and Problem Solving
• Vice and Narcotics Unit
• Criminal Investigations
• Recruiting and Training
• Strategic Response and Tactics
• Community Resources Section
• Community Awareness Program and Counterterrorism
• Victim Services Unit and Victims Advocates
• Special Victims Unit (Elderly and At-Risk Adults)
Participants will gain a working knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of law enforcement officers in your community.
Graduates will be encouraged to join the Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association. This will give graduates the opportunity for continued education in the field of law enforcement and public safety, and also allow them to have an interactive association with the police department as volunteers.
One of the goals of the Citizens’ Police Academy, of course, is to help the residents of Aurora to better understand how policing is conducted in their community. It is hoped that all graduates of the Citizens’ Academy will get to know more about the men and women who are protecting their community and learn how and why they make the decisions they do while performing their duty.
Fill out the online application, sign it and mail it to CPA, Aurora Police Department, 15001 E. Alameda Pkwy, Aurora CO 80012 or email it to Volunteer Coordinator Alice Jackson. You can also request an applications by calling 303.739.6346.