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Citizens Police Academy

Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside of a tactical squad armored vehicle? Or how crime scene investigators dust for fingerprints? Or what kind of firearms training officers go through? Or do you just want to know more about how the Kansas City Police Department works? Then you should sign up for KCPD’s Citizens Police Academy.


Fall 2024

East Patrol Division, 2640 Prospect


September 3 - November 12, 2024


Participants also take field trips to places like the Kansas City Regional Crime Laboratory and the Helicopter, Canine, and Bomb and Arson Units. Experienced police officers and instructors offer briefings, demonstrations, and engage in frank discussions about police operations with class participants. All participants will go on a ride-along with a patrol officer.

Topics covered during the Citizens Police Academy include overviews of our department structure, information on police recruiting and training and hands-on workshops in various areas. Some of the areas explored include:

Accident Investigation
Bomb & Arson
Criminal Investigations
Firearms Training
Helicopter Unit
Hostage Negotiation
K-9 Unit
Narcotics Investigations
Police Dispatch – 911 Service
Tactical Response Teams
Vice Investigations

The Citizens Police Academy operates on the premise that informed, educated residents will be more supportive of police officers and promote safety in their communities.

Admission to the program is open to anyone 18 or older who has a good standing in the community and is a resident of or works in the City of Kansas City, Mo. Each applicant must pass a thorough background investigation.

Click to download a copy of the Citizens Police Academy Application.

If you have any questions, contact Angela McCune at 816-413-3500 or email at