Community Academy

The Denver Police Department Community Academy is a multi-session program conducted multiple times a year, with an average of 25-35 attendees. It is designed to familiarize community members with the “how/what/why” of police procedures and to provide an opportunity for the community to interact with officers and ask questions.

The Community Academy will do its best to reflect current trends, themes, and topics, and will encourage thoughtful discussion in regard to how police operate within the community. 

Participants will attend lectures and discussions on subjects such as:

  • Officer safety
  • The history of policing
  • Constitutional laws
  • Arrest/search/seizure
  • Internal Affairs process
  • Less-lethal weapons options
  • Traffic stops
  • Shoot/don't shoot scenarios in the Virtra 300 Simulator
  • Police Non-Emergency Vehicle Operations (N.E.V.O.)
  • Denver 911 Center

Officers and other experts assist with lectures and demonstrations. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate and then are able to participate in two (2) “ride-alongs” on patrol shifts and are invited to consider joining the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) unit.

Participants must be over 18 years of age, or 15 years of age with parental consent, and must pass a basic background check.

Women's Community Academy - February 2022

When: February 12-13, 2022
Where: Denver Police Academy (2155 N Akron Way, Denver, CO 80238)

Please check back soon for additional dates.

Denver Police Youth Community Academy

When: May 21, 2022 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Denver Police Academy (2155 N Akron Way, Denver, CO 80238)
FREE to young people between the ages of 15 and 19

For more information and to fill out an application visit:

Applications must be received by May 10, 2022