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Citizen Police Academy


The Des Moines Police Department initiated the Citizens Police Academy in 1992 to enhance the relationship between the Police Department and the Community it serves. Since then, dozens of citizens have taken advantage of the opportunity to become more familiar with the operations of the Department and develop a clear understanding of a police officer's duties and responsibilities.

Participants are given the opportunity to experience many aspects of actual police training. Instruction is provided by certified police officers, police supervisors and civilian instructors who are experts in their fields. Some examples of topics covered during the Citizens Police Academy are:

Community Policing

Crime Prevention

Crimes Scene Analysis & Investigation

Domestic Violence / Victim Services

K-9 Program

School Resource Officer's

Traffic Enforcement and Tactical Operations 

The Citizens Police Academy will meet once a week, in the evening, over a period of nine weeks.
Graduates of the Citizen Police Academy are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with the community as the opportunity arises.

DMPD Personnel and Training Section staff members are available to answer questions concerning the application process and enrollment in the Citizen Police Academy. Contact us by Email or by calling (515) 323-8350 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.   


If interested in participating in a Citizen Police Academy, an application may be downloaded, completed and mailed to the Des Moines Regional Police Academy, Personnel and Training Section, 433 E Army Post Road, Des Moines, Iowa.