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Citizens' Academy

Want to gain insight into how the Tacoma Police Department works? The Citizens' Academy is for you.


The Citizens' Academy highlights the Tacoma Police Department's community oriented policing philosophy, which strengthens the bond between community members and police officers as they proactively work together to solve community issues of varying levels of complexity.


The goal of the Citizens' Academy is to create a growing core of well-informed community members who are proud of their police department, and who can serve as ambassadors who share their experiences with and knowledge about law enforcement with other community members.


During three-hour sessions, held one night a week for twelve (12) consecutive weeks, the Citizens' Academy offers community members and business leaders an up close and personal look at the way the Tacoma Police Department is organized and an opportunity to learn more about:

Operations Bureau Activities
Patrol, Traffic, Marine Services and K-9 Units, SWAT / Special Response Team, Search and Rescue, Bomb Squad

Investigations Bureau Activities
Major Crimes - Special Victims, Career Crimes; Violent Crimes – Homicide/Assault, Sex Crimes, Child Abuse; Forensic Services; and Special Investigations - Gangs, Narcotics, Vice

Administrative Services Bureau Activities
Internal Affairs, Accreditation, Public Information Officer, Hiring Unit, Training, Range

Each session at the Citizens' Academy can accommodate 25-30 community members over the age of 18.  Instructors are officers and personnel from within the Tacoma Police Department and other agencies who are department-recognized subject matter experts.


The Citizens' Academy first launched in 1987 and is coordinated through the Tacoma Police Department's Community Policing Division.  More than 1,000 community members have graduated from the Citizens' Academy.


Apply for the 2017 Academy by August 18, 2017

The next Academy will be held from September 20 through December 13, 2017 on Wednesdays from 1800-2100 hours at Tacoma Police Headquarters.


Space is limited.  Register today. Application deadline is August 18, 2017.


Contact Lt. Dan Still at (253) 591-5697 with questions.