UW Police

Citizen’s Academy

What is the Citizen’s Academy?

Policing is a collaborative effort that requires an informed citizenry–that’s you! The Citizen’s Academy is a 9 to 10-week program designed to create greater awareness and understanding between community members and police. Citizen’s Academy participants learn first-hand about law enforcement at the University of Washington.

This is not a training academy for police officers. Those who are interested in becoming police officers should navigate to the University of Washington Human Resources Web page at www.uw.edu/jobs for employment opportunities.

When are classes held?

Participation in the Academy requires a commitment of one afternoon per week for 9 to 10 weeks. Each class lasts an average of two hours and is free to participants. The location of the class is always on campus and is often held at the Fishery Sciences Building located on NE Boat Street.

Citizen’s Academy flyer.

Citizen’s Academy application.

What topics are covered?

Some of the topics include:

    • Patrol Operations
    • Criminal Investigations
    • Traffic Enforcement
    • Domestic/Relationship Violence
    • Crime Prevention

Instructors are department personnel who work every day in the job area they are presenting. Academy participants can ask questions and express concerns directly to the individuals responsible for enforcement.

Optional academy activities outside the classroom include a tour of the Dispatch Center and a ride-along with a patrol officer.

Who can attend the academy?

Community members age 18 or older who wish to learn more about their police department. The UWPD gives preference to those who work or attend classes at the university.

How do I apply?

Citizen’s Academy application.

Or for an application and/or information, contact the Training Unit via email at uwpdtrng@uw.edu.

Class size is limited to 15-20 community members. One month prior to the start of the next class you will be notified by mail of your acceptance into the class or you will be put on a waiting list for a future class.