Citizen Police Academy

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Class #36, Fall 2019

Fall 2020 - Full
Spring 2021 - Now accepting Applications 

Our next Academy begins on February 8, 2021. 
If your are interested in participating in our Spring 2021 Academy,
please fill out a Citizens Academy Application for that session.

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 Welcome
Academy Overview
Department Organization
Introduction of Staff
Week Two Support Division
School Resource Officers Program
Accreditation/Chaplains Program
Recruitment and Selection Process
Basic Training
Week Three Criminal Investigations/Crime Scene
Week Four Complaint Process
DUI/DRE Enforcement
Week Five Operations Division
Observation of Police Vehicle/Traffic Division Motorcycle/ Command Vehicle
Week Six Class Photo
Special Investigations/Drug Enforcement
Week Seven Emergency Vehicle Operations
Week Eight Use of Force Continuum
Automated Training System
Week Nine SWAT/Negotiator/ERG
Week Ten K-9
Simulated Vehicle Stops
Week Eleven Graduation

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.

CPA Class Survey

Online Academy Application

For additional information, contact:

  Ann Gallagher
Phone: (317) 571-2720


  Major David Strong
Phone: (317) 571-2746

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