Citizens Police Academy

Citizen Police Academy Applications

On behalf of Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins we invite our fellow citizens to apply to the Albany Citizen Police Academy.

Applications are now closed for the 2023 Citizen Police Academy. The start date is scheduled forCitizens Police Academy 1 Wednesday, April 30th, 2023. This twelve week course meets every Wednesday evening from 6pm – 9pm at The Albany Police Academy, 215 Washington Ave Ext. Albany, NY 12205 and ends on November 15, 2023. Please check back for the 2024 dates and application soon.

Apply for the Citizens Police Academy here

Albany's Citizen Police Academy is a unique opportunity to increase understanding between citizens who live in or work in the City and Albany Police through education. Weekly classes will cover various topics designed to dispel suspicions and misconceptions and increase rapport between the citizens of Albany and the police with a goal of making the officers more aware of citizens feelings and concerns on police related matters.

A few examples of presentation and topic discussions include:

  • Community Policing
  • Police/Community Relations
  • First Responder/CPR
  • Forensic Investigations Unit
  • Criminal Investigations Unit
  • Children and Family Services Unit
  • Basic Crime Prevention

About the Albany Citizens Police Academy

Albany Police Academy 2Both management and non-management representatives from the Albany Police Department have devoted time and energy to developing an informative overview of the fundamentals of police operations. This well thought out instruction will be presented by subject matter experts and may include every aspect of police work ranging from studying the New York State Penal Law, demonstrations of many different law enforcement tools including the Canine Unit and the Mounted Unit, Narcotics investigations, computers, firearms, and more. The classes will include lectures, tours, demonstrations, and hands on participation.