Citizens' Police Academy

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The 2023 IFPD CPA is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 2, 2023. 

The class has been filled and applications are now closed.

IFPD hosts a Citizen's Police Academy about once per year, depending on staff availability and department resources. If you are interested in being notified when applications open for our next academy submit your information here:


The Idaho Falls Police Department is excited to host a Citizen’s Police Academy beginning May 2, 2023. The Citizen’s Police Academy is a free 9-week program designed to give community members a working knowledge of the Idaho Falls Police Department, insight into being a police officer, and a better understanding of crime, public safety, and police activity in Idaho Falls. This class is offered free of charge, but potential attendees are required to apply in order to be considered for a seat in the class.

Citizen’s Police Academies are hosted by law enforcement agencies around the country and vary from agency to agency. The primary goals of the Citizen’s Police Academy is to educate attendees about police and the department, and to build relationships between IFPD and the Idaho Falls community. 

Classes are designed to be engaging and even hands on. The academy is expected to include an IFPD Facilities tour, Dispatch tour, and demonstrations in forensics/Crime Scene Investigations, firearms, TASER, Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones), K9 Officers, SWAT, the Bomb Squad, Emergency Vehicle Operations and other topics. 

This free class is open to community members aged 18 or older and is a great opportunity for aspiring law enforcement officers, community members interested in joining the Citizen’s Watch Patrol, and community members who are simply interested in gaining a greater understanding of police and the Idaho Falls Police Department. 

The 2023 Citizen’s Police Academy will begin on Tuesday, May 2nd. Classes will be held each week on Tuesdays from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. until June 27th. Attendees are expected to attend all classes. 

Accepted applicants will be provided with a complete class schedule upon acceptance to the Academy. Class members are expected to make every effort to attend all class sessions. Any class member who is unable to attend a class session is asked to promptly notify the class host.

Attendees must meet the following requirements to participate in CPA:

  • Be over the age of 18.
  • Have a valid driver's license.
  • Complete an application process.
  • Be able to pass a basic background check. 
  • This class is active and hands on. Participants should be able to participate fully in course activities including fire arms training, emergency vehicle operations, and various walking tours and hands on demonstrations. 
  • Class space is limited and preference will be given to those who have not participated in Citizen's Police Academy in the past.

Applications for the 2023 Citizen's Police Academy have closed. If you are interested in being notified about the next Citizen's Police Academy, please submit your information at the link above.