Citizen Police Academy

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The Carmel Police Department is proud to present a program that provides insight to the public on the responsibilities and operations of our Department. Our first academy was conducted in April of 2001. That session was an overwhelming success and every subsequent academy has been even better!

We have designed the CPA to accomplish several goals. The most important goal is to open channels of communication between the citizen's of Carmel and their Police Department. Additionally, we want to develop an understanding of the police role in the community. The objective of the Academy is not to make police officers out of the graduates, but to make them better informed citizens, with an accurate knowledge of our many responsibilities and functions.

The CPA is an eleven week program. The instructors will all be members of the Carmel Police Department, and they will provide instruction and information concerning a particular area of their profession.

Attendees will have an opportunity to experience the "real" police department with some of the training "hands-on".

Academy Requirements

Requirements for participants include:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have no criminal history other than minor traffic violations (background checks will be performed)
  • Be physically able to meet training requirements
  • Commit to attend 11 weekly training sessions lasting 2 - 2.5 hours
  • Sign any required waivers or agreements

Sample Overview of Course

Week One

Academy Overview
Department Overview & Tour
Introduction of Staff
Chaplain Program

Week Two

Support Division
Community Outreach Programs
Recruitment/Hiring/ILEA/Field Training

Week Three

Use of Force
Shoot-Don't Shoot

Week Four

Operations Division
DUI/DRE Enforcement
Observation of Police Vehicle/Traffic Division Motorcycle/Command Vehicle

Week Five

Immediate Detentions
Domestic Violence

Week Six

Complaints & Accreditation
School Resource Program

Week Seven

Criminal Investigations Division
Crime Scenes

Week Eight

Criminal Intelligence
Special Investigations Division
Drug Enforcement

Week Nine


Week Ten

Mental Health & IDs
Significant Other Support
K-9 Demonstrations

Week Eleven



View an informational video on the Citizen's Police Academy.

Many past graduates of the Citizens Police Academy continue to gather and learn even more about the Department. They have formed the Carmel Police Department Citizens Academy Alumni Association. In addition to regular meetings, the Alumni volunteer at many local events.

Visit the Alumni Association page

For additional information, contact:

Karolyn Brumley
 Phone: 317-571-2500


Lieutenant Tim Byrne, Coordinator
 Phone: 317-571-2572