Community Academy

The Denver Police Department Community Academy is a multi-session program conducted multiple times a year, with an average of 25-35 attendees. It is designed to familiarize community members with the “how/what/why” of police procedures and to provide an opportunity for the community to interact with officers and ask questions.

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

Participants will attend lectures and discussions on subjects such as:

  • Officer safety
  • The history of policing
  • Constitutional laws
  • Arrest/search/seizure
  • Internal Affairs process
  • Less-lethal weapons options
  • Traffic stops
  • Denver 911 Center

Officers and other experts assist with lectures and demonstrations. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate and then are able to participate in two (2) “ride-alongs” on patrol shifts and are invited to consider joining the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) unit.

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

Women's Community Academy

When: TBD
Where: Denver Police Academy (2155 N Akron Way, Denver, CO 80238)

Please check back soon for updates.

Denver Police Community Academy

Spanish Community Academy
August 10 - September 7, 2022
Every Wednesday evening from 6-8pm at St. Cajetan Church; 299 South Raleigh St.
FREE to all community members
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Community Academy
October 11 - November 8, 2022
Every Tuesday evening from 6-9pm at Denver Police District One Substation; 1311 West 46th Ave.
FREE to all community members
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