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Citizen Police Academy

You are cordially invited to attend The University of Texas at Austin Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy. The Citizen Police Academy is a course designed to give the public a better understanding of the Police Department. The goal of the Academy is to increase rapport between the Police Department and our community by providing citizens with enough information to dispel any suspicions or misconceptions they may have about the police.

The Citizen Police Academy begins on Monday, October 3, 2016, and continues every Monday night from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. for seven weeks (excluding Halloween) and concludes on November 21, 2016. Attendance at six of the seven nights is required for a graduation certificate.

We will help you understand how we do our jobs, why we do things certain ways, how you can help make yourself safer, and help us to serve you better.  Each week a different area of the Police Department is covered.  This course of study will cover topics such as patrol procedures, communications, criminal investigations and much more.  Instruction is provided by officers who work in the particular area being covered as well as outside instructors and consists of lectures, demonstration, tours, and hands-on practice.

You will visit different areas of the Police Department and see it as few other citizens have.  We believe that our officers will, in turn, become more aware of our community’s feelings, concerns, wants and needs concerning law enforcement.  Participants will have the opportunity to personally meet and talk with many officers throughout the department.  Officers will have the chance to meet many citizens representing a wide variety of community interests.  We hope the graduates of the Citizen Police Academy will take their new knowledge out into the community and educate others when the opportunity arises.

If you are interested in attending the Citizen Police Academy please complete the application (PDF) and email it to Lieutenant Greg Stephenson at The deadline to apply is September 23, 2016. Class size is limited and applicants are subject to criminal background check.


Download the Citizen Police Academy Fall 2016 Syllabus (PDF).