Citizens Police Academy

About the Citizens Police Academy

The Citizens Police Academy will introduce citizens to the inner workings of the Dayton Police Department and demonstrate some of the processes involved in the criminal justice system with a primary focus on the functions of the department. More importantly, it offers a unique opportunity to connect with your police department.

Presentations open a window into the Dayton PD operations-what they do and why they do it. This is also a chance to become more involved in your community, network with other community-minded residents, and ultimately come together in partnership with your police department officers to improve the security and well-being of neighborhoods and commercial areas alike. There is no charge for the class, and in addition to classroom instruction, each participant will get to ride with an on-duty officer and spend time as an observer in our dispatch communications center. 

Participants will be presented with material and information in a classroom setting which will cover such topics as the Penal Code, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Juvenile Law and the Criminal Justice System.  Participants will also conduct mock traffic stops and will have the opportunity to try their hand at processing a mock crime scene.  

Registration for the Spring Session is now open.  

Registration Application

Registration is now open for the spring session of the Dayton Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy. The 8-week program will introduce participants to the inner workings of the police department and demonstrate some of the processes involved in the criminal justice system with a primary focus on the functions of the department. Classes are held at the Police Department (2004 N. Cleveland St.), beginning March 24, and continue each Tuesday evening from 6 - 9 pm, through May 5. 

Applications must be received no later than 4 pm on March 3.

The mission of the Citizens Police Academy is to provide understanding through education. This course is designed to increase awareness of the function of the Police Department by educating citizens on topics related to the role of the Police Officer in their community. This course will strengthen ties between the Police Department and the community while providing knowledge and dispelling misconceptions. Come to experience this fun, interesting way to better understand how the Day Police Department serves you. 


Participants must be at least 21 years of age with no felony convictions, be a resident or own a business inside the city limits of Dayton. Due to the sensitive subject matter, applicants will be subjected to a background check. 

Inaugural class graduation picture