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Citizen Police Academy


Citizen Police Academy

Reinforcing the Thin Blue Line with Understanding and Education

The Roanoke Citizen Police Academy provides an excellent opportunity for citizens to gain a better perspective of the day to day operations of the Police Department. The academy is open to citizens who live and/or work in Roanoke, as well as family members of police officers. All participants are subject to a criminal background check. The Roanoke Police Department reserves the right to deny any persons with a criminal history. Applicants must be 21 years old or older.

Academies are offered twice a year. Students meet one night a week from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for 12 weeks. Topics taught include:
  • Street Crimes Unit
  • Uniform Patrols
  • Evidence
  • K-9 Demonstration
  • Tactical Response Team
  • Crime Prevention
  • Shooting Range
  • Drug Investigations
  • Firearms Training
  • Radar Enforcement
  • Professional Standards Unit
  • Traffic and DUI
  • Criminal Law
  • Bike Patrol
  • Tour 911 Center
  • Officer Ride-A-Long
  • School Resource Officer (SRO)/D.A.R.E.
  • Riot Control

There is no fee to participate in the Roanoke Citizen Police Academy. For more information contact:

Roanoke Police Academy
Investigator J.N. Owens
5401B Barns Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24019
Phone: (540) 853-5441
Fax: (540) 853-1114

Citizen Police Academy On-line Application