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Learn What It Takes to Serve at the Citizen's Police Academy

The Ankeny Citizen's Police Academy is a 30-hour course designed to give the public a hands-on experience with the practices, policies, and procedures that guide the Ankeny Police Department.

The Academy consists of 10, three-hour sessions, held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6 - 9 p.m. The next CPA program will take place from February to April 2024. Participants will receive classroom instruction and be involved in interactive exercises on a variety of topics, including defensive tactics, firearms, search and seizure, felony stops, accident investigation, and narcotics investigation.

Class size is limited. Participants must reside, work in, or have significant ties to the City of Ankeny. Candidates must agree to attend eight of the 10 classes to be considered. There is no charge to participate. There will be no class during Spring Break 2024.

2024 Citizen's Police Academy

The 2024 Citizen's Police Academy will take place Tuesday evenings, Feb. 6 through April 19, 2024.
Registration is now closed.

Program History

The Ankeny Citizen's Police Academy began in 1999 in order to promote a better understanding of the operations of the police department with the community. Since it began, approximately 300 people have graduated from the Academy.

Once the program is completed, Ankeny Citizen's Police Academy graduates are invited to join the CPA Alumni Association to continue their relationship with the police department. The CPA Alumni Association assists with department tours, open house events, and public awareness efforts.