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Spring Citizens Police Academy at Arvada Police Department

(ARVADA, CO February 8, 2016) – The Arvada Police Department is now accepting applications for it Spring 2016 Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA). This popular biannual academy offers residents a behind-the-scenes look at their police department, its staff and the officers who serve.  

The CPA meets on 12 consecutive Wednesdays between March 16 and May 25, 2016.  The first class is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and subsequent classes meet between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Classes are held in both classroom and field settings, and give participants insight into many aspects of police work.

CPA instructors include police officers and other police department employees who lecture, teach and provide hands-on participation in such areas as traffic stops, crime scene investigation, building searches and officer survival. Other topics covered include internal affairs, media relations, preserving evidence, SWAT and dispatch. One of the most exciting aspects of the CPA is an optional ride-along with a police officer.


The CPA also educates academy participants about community problem solving, availability of police resources, law enforcement tools and community programs.

Those who wish to participate in the CPA should visit to complete an application form. The Arvada Police Department will conduct a criminal background investigation on each applicant. Classes tend to fill quickly, so apply early. For more information or questions, please call 720.898.6660. To complete an application, click here.