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Citizen's Police Academy

The Citizen’s Police Academy is a tuition free, twelve-week program designed to introduce members of the community to the Albuquerque Police Department.

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Upcoming Academies

The Spring 2020 Citizen's Police Academy class begins Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Enrollment for this Academy is closed.

The Fall 2020 class will begin in August.

Academy Location

Albuquerque Police Academy
5412 2nd NW
Albuquerque, N.M. 87107
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Telephone: (505) 343-5000

Class Schedule

Class meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for 12 weeks.

Apply Today

Apply online for the next Citizen's Police Academy.

The Academy is designed to teach citizens about the philosophy, policies, and guiding principles of law enforcement and ethical conduct governing police services in our community.

Students will receive classroom instruction by personnel from many police department divisions including presentations and demonstrations from Homicide, Crime Lab, Narcotics, K-9, and SWAT.

Once training is completed, students are given the opportunity to complete an eight-hour ride-along with a police officer. This ride-along is usually an eye-opening experience for many students as they get to see the real day-to-day activities of the police.

Student Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Applicants can not have any felony convictions.
  • Applicants can not have any misdemeanor or D.W.I. arrests within the last three years prior to application date.
  • Applicants must pass a background check conducted by the Albuquerque Police Department.
  • Applicant must be a resident of Albuquerque Metro area.

Apply Today

Apply online for the Citizen's Police Academy.

The Spring 2020 Citizen's Police Academy is full. The Fall 2020 class is scheduled to begin in August.


Upon successful completion of the Citizen’s Police Academy, participants attend a graduation ceremony and are awarded a certificate bearing a replica of the Citizen Police Academy patch.

Graduates may also elect to participate in the Albuquerque Police Department’s Volunteers Services Program.

Next Session

The Spring 2020 session is full.

The Fall 2020 session will begin in August.

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