Citizen’s Police Academy

Have you ever wondered how a Dallas Police Officer is trained?CPALogo

At the Citizen’s Police Academy, you will have the opportunity to see and hear first hand the overwhelming curriculum recruits must master before they can wear the uniform of the Dallas Police Department. Your instructors will be real police officers. They will take you on an accelerated overview of the various operations of the Dallas Police Department.

It’s our goal to increase understanding of police work and to develop effective police/community partnerships. Join us and be part of this important effort. The only investment on your part is three hours of your time for 10 weeks.

What you learn will not only benefit you, but, if shared with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, it could have a significant impact on police and community relations.

What is a Citizen’s Police Academy?

The Dallas Citizen’s Police Academy meets once a week for 8 weeks at the Dallas Police Academy. Classes consist of an overview of the Dallas Police Department, patrol functions, a tour of the Communications Division, demonstration and ride on the vehicle training course, internal affairs, family violence, DWI enforcement procedures, explanation of the use of deadly force, pursuit policies, crime prevention, personal safety and investigation techniques


The Citizen’s Police Academy shows how the Dallas Police Department operates. We hope a better understanding of how your police department works will improve the relationship between citizens and our officers.

Who May Attend?

You must be at least 21 years of age and live or work in the City of Dallas. Those selected to attend are expected to participate in at least 70% of the sessions.

Contact Information

Complete your application and contact your DPD Division Community Engagement Unit. Contact numbers for each division are listed at:

Dallas Police CEU

Click Here for Application Form

Alumni Association

Graduates of the Citizen’s Police Academy formed an Alumni Association, which is open to all past and future graduates.

The alumni continue to work with the Dallas Police Department and citizens to enhance community relations.

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