Citizen’s Police Academy

What is Citizens Police Academy?

cpa1The Dickinson Police Department, as part of its “Community Crime Prevention Program” presents a “Citizens Police Academy”. This 8-week program is designed to increase the understanding between citizens and the police through training.

In addition to specialized classroom training, students are exposed to patrol duties through a ride along program with police department officers. Students will participate in a wide range of interesting training, including “shoot-don’t shoot” scenarios and use of force issues.

“Citizens Police Academy” participants are not actually trained for police work. Participants will have a better understanding of the Dickinson Police Department operations and the day to day responsibilities that officers are tasked with upon completion of the academy.

Through your participation in the “Citizens Police Academy” program, you are promoting community involvement, which in itself is the most powerful force any law enforcement agency has in the fight against crime.

Course Description

Academy classes consist of one 2-hour class held each week (Tuesday Nights from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) over the course of eight weeks. This instruction is comprehensive, covering a different topic within the Police Department each week. Police officers, supervisors, and civilian instructors with field-related expertise will teach each topic. Classes are limited to 20 citizen attendees. All classes are free!

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Who May Attend?

  • Any interested citizen is encouraged to attend.
  • Citizens over 18 years of age.
  • Citizens with no prior felony convictions

Course Outline

  • Orientation/Law Enforcement Center tourshooter
  • Patrol Procedures/Field Operations
  • Constitutional Law
  • City Ordinances/State Law
  • Traffic Law
  • Accident Investigations
  • D.U.I Arrests
  • Use of Force/Defensive Tactics
  • Firearms Training/Shoot-Don’t Shoot
  • Juvenile Services
  • Parole and Probation
  • Crime Prevention
  • K-9 Unit
  • Narcotic Investigations
  • Communications/E911
  • Tactical Team Demonstration
  • Criminal Investigations/Crime Scenes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Ride-along Program


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How do I apply for the Academy?

You may pick up an application at the Law Enforcement Center or download the application by clicking the link below. Return the completed application to the Law Enforcement Center (2475 State Avenue North).

Citizens Police Academy Application (14 KB)


Questions or Comments?
Comments and questions regarding the Citizens Police Academy can be directed to:

Captain Dave Wilkie
Phone: 701-456-7755 or Click to Email