Citizen Police Academy Application

The Next Citizen Police Academy Class Will Begin on February 26, 2024

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Citizen Police Academy is a program of citizens and law enforcement officers working together to make Wichita and Sedgwick County a better and safer place to live and work!

The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is a thirteen-week program designed to provide a working knowledge and background of the Wichita Police Department and Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office and to foster a closer relationship between our agencies and the community. It provides an avenue for community involvement and provides firsthand experience of policing.

The Citizen Police Academy is intended to develop a harmonious working relationship between members of the community and law enforcement while at the same time opening a mutually supportive avenue for communication.

It is an opportunity for citizens to learn more about their local law enforcement, ask questions, and gain a more thorough understanding of the inner workings of the Wichita Police Department and the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office. The Academy is also a means for participants and police personnel to share information and ideas about the police profession. The Academy also provides for improved community/police relationships, enhanced cooperation, and reduced stereotyping.

Academy Topics & Courses

Some of the topics and activities Academy attendees will participate in include:

  • Patrol operations including riding assignments with a Wichita Police Officer or Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputy
  • Overview of Investigations
  • Presentations by the Gang Unit
  • Wichita/Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Firearms Training Facility tour
  • Exploited and Missing Child Unit, Homicide and Robbery Investigations
  • Tours of the Wichita Police Department Crime Lab, Records Bureau, Sheriff's Crime Lab, and the 911 Emergency Communications Center
  • Tour of the Sedgwick County Adult Detention Facility including an opportunity to sample jail food
  • Overview of Community Affairs and Community Policing
  • K9 Demonstration
  • SWAT Team demonstration
  • Bomb Squad demonstration

Please note: This online application is not for the Wichita Police Department Commissioned Police Officer Academy. Looking for the Commissioned Police Officer Academy application form? Apply to become a police officer.

Sponsored by

  • Wichita Police Department
  • Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office
  • Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
  • Wichita Police Foundation