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Register Today: 52nd Citizen's Police Academy

The 52th Citizen's Police Academy start date is March 20, 2018. Register today!

The Citizen's Police Academy is a tuition free twelve-week program designed to introduce members of the community to the Albuquerque Police Department. Our next class is scheduled for March 20, 2018. We have room for 50 students.

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 Scene Specialists, Narcotics, K-9, and SWAT.

During and after 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.
  • It is preferred applicants be a resident of Albuquerque or work in Albuquerque.

Academy Details


Next session begins at 6 p.m. March 20, 2018,


Albuquerque Police Academy 5412 2nd NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107
Telephone: (505) 343-5000

Class Schedule

Every Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Class Coordinator

Anna Ericksen
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: (505) 343-5046


Upon successful completion of the Citizen's Police Academy, participants attend a graduation ceremony and are awarded a certificate. Graduates may also elect to participate in the Albuquerque Police Department's Volunteers Services Program.