Citizens Police Academy

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.

Our Citizens Academy runs for 12 weeks, with classes being held on Thursday evenings at the Dayton Police Academy. Citizen Academy rosters are limited to 20-25 people and participants do have to pass a basic background check.

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Our next class will be in the Fall of 2020.

For more information about the Citizens Police Academy or if you’re interested in being on the list for the next class, please email Officer Chris Pawelski at or call 937.333.1184.