The first Anchorage Police Department’s Citizen Academy was started in March 2001. There were 30 community members representing all walks of life and many diverse cultures. Each Wednesday for six weeks, the members attended classes on various aspects of police work. The members had fun, learned about policing, and spread what they had learned throughout the community. When the class was over, APD and the alumni of the first Citizen Academy came together to form the Alumni Association so that members could continue to stay involved in their community.
Twice a year APD hosts a new Citizen Academy with help from the Alumni Association.
The following topics are those that are typically covered during the Citizen Police Academy. Each class consists of two topics taught by police officers, detectives, or other personnel in their various fields of expertise:
- Cyber Crime
- Fraud & Financial Crime
- Patrol Procedures
- Child Abuse & Sexual Assault
- Domestic Violence
- Homicide Investigations & Evidence Collection
- Traffic Investigations
- Drug Investigations
- Vice Crimes
- Gangs in Anchorage
- Emergency Preparedness
- Firearm Safety
- Recruiting & Police Careers
Additionally, you will get to tour the Anchorage Police Department (includes Dispatch & Crime Lab) and shoot at the APD training center firing range. Once you complete the classes, you will be able to go on a ride along with an APD officer for their full shift.
Upon completion of the Academy, members are honored with a graduation ceremony. Alumni members host a reception for family and friends following the ceremony.