Police Citizens Academy

Citizens Police AcademyThe goal of the Citizens’ Academy is to provide citizens with information through education and to increase rapport between the police department and the citizens of Golden.

The Golden Police Department began conducting an Adult Citizens’ Police Academy in 1995. We felt that exposing citizens to knowledge about police work would help them to better understand and relate to police involvement in the community. We added a Youth Police Citizens’ Academy in 2002.

Our hope is that graduates of the Citizens’ Academy will share this knowledge with others in the community.

Adult Citizens’ Academy

Officer Stephanie Sipes
(303) 277-8774
Officer Nate Brown
(303) 384-8068
Officer Guy Garner
(303) 384-8066

The Adult Citizen’s Police Academy is a 12-week program, presented by sworn and civilian personnel who work in the particular areas being covered. The Academy combines classroom presentations with hands-on activities to provide the participants with a comprehensive experience.

The Academy is held once a year. It begins in August and concludes in November. Participants will meet one evening a week for three hours for classroom presentations, and two weekend days for demonstrations and education in driving and firearms. When applications are being accepted, they will be available on our Volunteer Opportunities page.

Topics covered include:

  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • K-9 Patrol
  • Arrest Control Tactic
  • SWAT
  • Hands-on Driving
  • Criminal Investigations
  • DUI Enforcement
  • Hands-on Police Scenarios

Youth Citizens’ Academy

Contact: Officer Derek Hall
(303) 215-8874

The Youth Citizen’s Police Academy is a program designed to provide teens between the ages of 13 and 17 with an inside look at law enforcement. The purpose of the Academy is to increase understanding between young citizens through education and interaction with members of the Golden Police Department. The Academy gives young citizens the opportunity to learn why we “can” and why we “cannot” do certain things.

Since interactions between police and young citizens are often negative, the Academy also gives both the officers and the students an opportunity to interact with each other in an environment that is educational and non-threatening.

The Academy is one week long and is held in June each year. Classroom presentations are combined with hands-on exposure to provide participants with a well-rounded experience.

Topics covered include:

  • Narcotics
  • K-9 Patrol
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Firing Range
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Evidence Processing
  • Hands-on Police scenarios
  • Use of Force

Applicants for the Youth Citizens’ Police Academy should be between the ages of 13 and 17. Classes run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and applicants must be able to attend all five days of the academy.

If you are interested in attending the academy you should submit with your application a 500 to 700 word essay explaining why you want to be in the academy, what you expect to learn and how you hope to apply skills learned to your life.

You will also need to upload a letter of recommendation from a school administrator, teacher, clergy member or current/former supervisor.

A graduation ceremony is held the last day of class. Parents are encouraged to attend the graduation ceremony.

COG Mesa

 Golden was named after Thomas L. Golden,
a gold prospector who arrived in Jefferson County in 1858.

Additional Resources

City of Golden, Colorado
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