Citizens' Academy

The next Lawrence Police Department Citizen's Academy is planned for Tuesday and Thursday evenings, February 11, 2014 thru March 13, 2014.  Details, application information, and schedules for the 2014 Citizen's Academy can be found below.

What is the Citizens' Academy?

Policing interests many people. This is evidenced by the numerous television programs and motion pictures which portray police in action. While police programs may be exciting, they are usually inaccurate. Involved citizens wonder about the real world of law enforcement. How do the police really solve crimes? How do officers spend their time? Citizens may wonder what the police actually do to improve the quality of life in Lawrence.

Unfortunately, most citizens rarely have contact with their police department except during emergencies or other negative, stressful situations. It is therefore natural for people to have questions about what the police do on a regular basis and why. The Lawrence Police Department welcomes this interest and provides the citizens of Lawrence an avenue to explore their police agency through the Citizens' Academy.

The Citizens' Academy is a 24-hour course designed to bring the people of Lawrence closer to their police department. The Citizens' Academy covers police training, police procedures, legal issues, and basic Lawrence Police philosophies. Participants are afforded opportunities to speak with patrol officers, department staff, and the Chief of Police. Our goal is to give the public an open and honest view of the local police agency that serves them. We hope these contacts will improve cooperation between the public and the Lawrence Police Department. Anyone with concerns, questions, or a genuine interest in the Lawrence Police Department, will find a forum for discussion and an educational opportunity in the Lawrence Police Department's Citizens' Academy. Citizens' Academy Applicant


To participate in the Citizens' Academy, applicants must be eighteen years of age or older and have no history of criminal behavior.  
Applicants must pass a background check and provide three local references.

Citizens' Academy Recruitment Documents

21st Citizens' Academy Application (PDF, 192 KB)

21st Citizens' Academy Brochure (PDF, 344 KB)

The documents above may be downloaded and printed from the Website. Printed packets are also available at the Law Enforcement Center (111 East 11th Street) and the Investigations and Training Center (4820 Bob Billings Pkwy). Completed applications may be dropped off at either location or mailed to the Lawrence Police Department Community Services Division, 4820 Bob Billings Pkwy, Lawrence, KS 66049. For questions, please contact the Community Services Division at 785-830-7410.

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