Citizen Police Academy

About the Citizen Police Academy

The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is a community-oriented policing program designed for area residents. It is conducted by the Dodge City Police Department in order to accomplish three goals:
  • To allow citizens of our area to meet the men and women of law enforcement.
  • To educate citizens in the "how's" and "why's" of law enforcement.
  • To provide officers the opportunity to meet and hear from the citizens they serve.
The class curriculum is designed specifically for class participation and input.

Topics Covered in the CPA

CPA students are given a realistic view of the police and sheriff departments. Topics discussed include patrol procedures, officer survival, criminal investigations, narcotics, gangs, crime prevention, animal control, and numerous other subjects. Students will also have the opportunity to go on ride-a-longs with officers.

CPA Meeting Schedule

The CPA meets once a week on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Dodge City Police Department training room located at 110 West Spruce in Dodge City. The course consists of 10 sessions and one optional session on Saturday to offer firearms demonstration. A graduation ceremony and dinner is provided on the last night of the CPA.


  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • No felony convictions.
  • No criminal misdemeanor convictions. (Traffic misdemeanors will be evaluated and may be accepted.)
Applications can be picked up at the police department records window or may be requested by mail at the address provided above. You may also click this Application to access the form.

We encourage everyone to become involved in their community and take that "first step" and learn about the men and women of law enforcement that are sworn to serve and protect.