The program first started under the direction of then Sheriff John Moran in 1991. Sheriff Bill Young has continued the program and we now have a waiting list for this very popular program. The Citizens' Police Academy has had over 1,100 graduates from the program and looks forward to even more of our outstanding citizens participating in this program in the years to come. The academy gives our citizens first-hand information on how and why the Department operates, and examines the culture of police work and the organization. It provides an excellent opportunity for the citizens to interact with Department members.

The Citizens Police Academy (C.P.A.) is a 12-week program which gives our community members first-hand information on the on the role of police officers in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD). The students meet every Wednesday Wednesday evening from 6 pm to 9:30 pm. The program involves both classroom and interactive instruction. Participants are given the same information that our police recruits and officers taking in-service classes receive.

The Citizens' Police Academy is NOT an offer of employment. It is a volunteer organization and program to educate those respected members of our community who want to hear information on law enforcement and the LVMPD right from the source. Upon graduation, all the participants can become members of the Citizens' Police Academy Alumni Association. The association meets once a month, on the third Thursday, where they will have guest speakers from various law enforcement / legal agencies. The association also conducts special tours periodically during the year. The membership includes a monthly newsletter keeping members updated on LVMPD. If you are interested in the Citizens' Police Academy, click here to download and print out the application, or stop by the academy to pick up an application. The academy meets at the Jerry Keller Training Center, 9880 West Cheyenne Ave (Google Map), in Summerlin, Las Vegas.

Class Schedule

Week 1 - Welcome from your Training Sergeant - Metro Organization & Culture
Week 2 - Criminal / Constitutional Law - K-9 Demonstration
Week 3 - The World of a Police Officer
Week 4 - Vice Section
Week 5 - Gangs / Dangerous Drugs
Week 6 - CPAAA (Alumni Association) - MVP (Metro Volunteer Program) - County Jail Tour
Week 7 - Homicide / Use of Force
Week 8 - Air Support / Traffic / DWI Enforcement
Week 9 - Firearms Training (Police Firing Range) - SWAT Demonstration
Week 10 - Police Recruitment / Domestic Violence
Week 11 - Sergeant's Night
Week 12 - Graduation Night