Citizen Police Academy is starting soon

Posted on January 24, 2013 


Citizen Police Academy Starting Soon


The Anchorage Police Department is hosting its semi-annual  Citizen Police Academy. This program is designed to promote and enhance citizen understanding and awareness of the role of the Anchorage Police Department within our community.  The objective of the course is not to prepare graduates to become police officers, but instead, to instill in citizens a greater general knowledge of the many functions of the Anchorage Police Department.


Academy dates: Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM with two Saturday  afternoon sessions from 12:00 to 4:00 PM for a twelve (12) week period from February 6 to April 24, 2013.  Classes will be held at the Anchorage Police Training Center, 3760 West Dimond Blvd. (corner of Jewel Lake and Dimond) unless otherwise instructed.


Class Topics include:  Traffic Investigations, Gangs, Domestic Violence, Drugs, Cyber Crimes, Neighborhood Watch, the School Resource Officer Program, Personal Safety & Defensive Tactics, the K-9 program, Felony Investigations, the SWAT team, Negotiations, the Community Action Policing Team and Range Day.  Agencies from outside of APD will present topics to include the Sex Offender Registry, Your Alaska State Troopers, The Department of Corrections, and the Chaplain Program.


Following graduation, participants will have the opportunity to participate in ride-alongs with patrol officers and/or schedule observation time in the Dispatch Center.


There is no charge to attend the Citizen Police Academy, but advance registration is required.  The academy is open to any citizen who meets the following criteria:

a) Participants must be at least twenty one (21) years of age

b) Must pass a background investigation check

c) Must Reside or work within APD Patrol jurisdiction (Knik River Bridge to McHugh Creek)


Applications can be found on line at

For questions or additional information, contact APD Public Affairs at 786-8699.


Application deadline is noon Friday, February 1st, 2013.


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