Citizens' Police Academy

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The Steamboat Springs Police host a Citizens’ Police Academy designed to enhance the community’s knowledge about local law enforcement, their duties and responsibilities as well as its public safety programs and services.


The 2018 class for roughly a dozen community members will run 6-9pm every Wednesday evening from April 25 through June 27, 2018.


All classes are instructed by police personnel and there is no cost to the student.


Internally designed, the academy is set up to allow participation from a wide group of individuals and includes a modest physical element. The 10-week interactive curriculum will cover numerous topics associated with the department and general law enforcement touching upon the following areas:

Decision Making/Use of Force
Self Defense Tactics
Drunk Driving Enforcement
Drug Enforcement
Domestic Violence

Police Ethics
Internal Affairs
MIPs/Juvenile Drinking
Arrest Control

Radar Enforcement
Police Equipment
Animal & Code Enforcement
Criminal Justice Records

2018 Graduation


While the requirements to attend the academy are minimal, applicants must be at least 21 years of age, possess a high school reading and writing level and be able to sit for up to three hours in a classroom environment. Students will have opportunities to participate in more active police-related sessions, but participation in any hands-on training is voluntary. The Citizens’ Police Academy is NOT an offer of employment, but a volunteer program to educate members of the community.

Application Deadline:  Closed

Academy Materials:

Application Instructions (PDF)
Enrollment Application (PDF)
Personal History Statement (PDF)


Brooke Northrop at 970-879-4344 or email Brooke