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Citizens Police Academy

Citizens Police Academy

The Citizens Police Academy is an eight week program designed to give our community a behind the scenes look at how we protect our city. It is held in the Fall of each year and is a one night per week commitment, for 3 hours each night. Topics include: patrol, traffic crash investigations, criminal investigations, crime scene processing, S.W.A.T., negotiators, drug task force, and much more. Community members will leave with a much greater understanding of law enforcement operations, specifically within the City of Portland.


  • 18 years of age, or older
  • No felony convictions
  • No misdemeanor convictions within 5 years of application
  • Completion of a background check

See the links below for more information, and to obtain an application. Applications are accepted after July 1st for each upcoming class.

Letter from the Chief

Citizen Police Academy Application