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Citizens Police Academy

The Citizens Police Academy is an interesting and exciting way to gain insight into law enforcement and experience the daily operations within the Westminster Police Department and is designed to build a bond of mutual trust and respect between the Police Department and our citizens. The Citizens Academy offers direct contact with police instructors through lectures, hands-on experience, and demonstrations. Topics include: SWAT, K9, Criminal Law, Police Pursuits, Arrest Control, Investigations, Patrol procedures, and many more. Participants will have the opportunity to open the lines of communication with the police through questions and honest feedback, and will learn the importance of civic awareness and citizen/police cooperation.

If you are interested in attending a Citizens Police Academy, complete an application. Contact Investigator Luis Lopez at WPCA@CityofWestminster.us or 303-658-4422 with any questions.

There are usually two scheduled Citizens Police Academy classes each year. The classes are 14 weeks in duration, including a graduation ceremony, and the classes are normally limited to 35 students per class. Classes meet every Wednesday from 6-10 p.m.

Due to the current pandemic, the application process for the fall 2020 academy has been temporarily placed on hold.  We are actively  exploring the feasibility of hosting a fall academy and will post an update as soon as possible.  

Possible dates for the 2020 fall academy are from Aug. 12 - Nov. 11.

Class members must be at least 18 years of age or 16 with parent permission. Preference is given to applicants that live or work in the City of Westminster, however, everyone is encouraged to apply. Applicants are subject to a background check. Applicants who don't meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to contact the police department regarding their circumstances.

The Westminster Citizens Academy Alumni Association was formed in May 1998. The mission of the association is to enhance relations and public awareness between the community and the Westminster Police Department through continuing education and specialized programs. Events, classes and social gatherings are held throughout the year to strengthen the partnership between the community and the Police Department. Graduates of the Citizens Police Academy are eligible to join the Alumni Association.

Are you interested in learning about the Westminster Police Department and the duties of a police officer? The Teen Academy offers an exciting week of direct contact with police instructors through lectures, hands-on experience and demonstrations. Topics include; SWAT, K-9, Criminal Law, Police Pursuits, Arrest Control, Investigations, and Patrol Procedures. Teens between 15-18 who live in the City of Westminster or attend high school in Westminster are encouraged to apply! Classes will be held June 10, 2019 - June 14, 2019. Teens must have a valid Colorado permit or driver’s license. Students need to have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and school attendance will be reviewed. Space is limited and applications will be accepted soon! Please see your School Resource Officer for additional questions.  

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