Citizens Police Academy

now accepting applications for fall 2019!

The Dayton Police Department holds a Citizens Police Academy twice a year for Dayton-area residents interested in learning about our police department and working with our officers on projects to promote safety in our community.  The Citizens Police Academy is a unique, hands-on, and interactive experience for people who want to learn more about what police officers do in their day to day work. Students experience police techniques, including handling firearms. Other lessons cover specialized training and practicing problem solving skills that officers use to resolve conflicts they see in the line of duty. There is also an opportunity for students to learn and participate in mock scenarios including traffic stops, evidence collection, and building searches.

The Fall 2019 Citizens Academy begins on August 29, 2019 and runs for 12 weeks.  Classes are held on Thursday nights from 6-8 pm at the Dayton Police Academy.  Citizen Academy rosters are limited to 20-25 people and participants do have to pass a basic background check.  If you're interested in attending, please fill out this form.
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For more information about the Citizens Police Academy, please email Officer Chris Pawelski at or call 937.333.1184.