Community Academy

The Denver Police Department provides our communities with an inside look of the department through a multi-week Community Academy. Our Community Academies are specifically designed to provide education, resources, and transparency.

The Community Academy is presented by DPD representatives, each highlighting their individual area of expertise. During the course of this academy, participants hear from department command officers, co-response teams, investigations, internal affairs, 911 communications, crime lab, and more.

The Community Academy will do its best to reflect current trends, themes, and topics, and will encourage thoughtful discussion on how police operate within the community.

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate and then are able to participate in two (2) “Ride-A-Longs” on patrol shifts. Participants are then invited to join the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) Program.

Participants must be over 18 years of age, or 15 years of age with parental consent, and must pass a basic background check.

Community Academy

  1. WHEN: 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesdays starting February 6, 2024 to March 5, 2024
    WHERE: District 5 Community Room (12025 E 45th Ave, Denver, CO 80239)
  2. WHEN: 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesdays starting October 15, 2024 to November 12, 2024
    WHERE: TBD

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Women's Community Academy

The overriding goal of this academy is to present a vision that shows that the Denver Police Department is a viable option for women who are interested in Law Enforcement. This two-day event is presented by the women of the Denver Police Department from all ranks and divisions. Hear from the investigations section and detectives from Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, Narcotics and many more. Women interested in law enforcement must complete an application form and pass a background check to be considered for the Women's Community Academy. Participants must be over 21 years of age.

  1. WHEN: April 27 and 28, 2024
    WHERE: Denver Police Training Academy
  2. WHEN: September 7 and 8, 2024
    WHERE: Denver Police Training Academy

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Spanish Community Academy

  1. WHEN: 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesdays starting June 4, 2024 to June 25, 2024
    WHERE: TBD

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Teen Community Academy

The Teen Community Academy is designed to familiarize teens with the “how/what/why” of police work and interact with active police officers. We work towards planning an engaging academy that reflects current trends, themes, and topics, and will encourage thoughtful discussion about police work within the community.

Teens will get the opportunity to participate in discussions and see/listen to demonstrations about:

  • Police K-9's
  • Police Helicopter (Air One)
  • The investigative process
  • Arrest/search/seizure
  • Less-lethal weapons options
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Scenarios in the Virtra 300 Simulator

Officers and other experts assist with lectures and demonstrations. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion and will be invited to join many of the available Denver Police Youth Programs.

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