Citizens Police Academy

Courtesy of Richardson Police Department

Youth Citizen Police Academy

The popular summer academy for kids is currently not accepting applications. But you can learn more about it on the city’s website.

The deadline to apply for Richardson Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is Dec. 4.

CPA is a 45-hour academic course designed to give Richardson residents a working knowledge of the Richardson Police Department. Classes are designed to be interactive and fun with an emphasis on team building. Students will participate in a mock SWAT raid, test their skills on the department’s driving course and have the opportunity to fire police weapons.

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old
  • The 16-week academy begins Tuesday, Feb. 6
  • Class times are 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays
  • One class — the popular Drive-n-Shoo — is held on Saturday.
  • CPA is free to participants.
  • Academy class size is limited to 20 participants.
  • There is one academy per year.
  • A graduation ceremony is held during the final week.
  • Individuals not selected will need to submit a new application for consideration in a future academy
  • Dinner is provided by the police department and is served from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. each week

The goal of CPA is to strengthen the partnership between the police department and the community. It allows residents a view of the inner workings of the department in an academic environment where ideas are openly exchanged in an effort to increase community solidarity.

CPA also allows the department to be more aware of individual concerns and perceptions so it can be more responsive to future community needs.

For more information, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955.