What is the Citizen's Police Academy?

The Citizen's Police Academy (CPA) is an eleven-week program designed to give participants a working knowledge of the Unified Police Department and Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office. It consists of a series of classroom discussions and hands-on scenarios. Training is held one evening a week. There are generally two academy classes; one in the Spring and one in the Fall. Each class size is limited to approximately 40 students. There is no cost to anyone who enrolls, other than your full commitment to attend each week.

The goal of the CPA is to create a better understanding, improve communication, and partnership with the citizens and the Unified Police Department through education. Community Oriented Policing plays an important role in reducing crime in any community. Therefore the UPD instituted the CPA to improve communication and obtain input and support throughout the communities we serve. It is our hope that graduates of the CPA become partners with us in identifying problems and solutions to the issues that are affecting our community.

Who attends the CPA?

Citizens in the service area of the Unified Police Department and the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office are all openly invited to enroll. Preference will be given to those living and working in our jurisdictions.

Previous attendees have been; community council members, neighborhood watch members, teachers, bankers, homemakers, business owners, lawyers, students and others. People from all walks of life and with a variety of history with law enforcement have participated in and benefited from the academy.

When do classes meet?

The Unified Police Department and Sheriff's Office generally host two academy sessions per year (March - May and August - October). They meet in the evening hours, one night a week.

The next class is scheduled for Fall or 2021, watch for more details.

What subjects are covered?

Classes may include, but are not limited to:

  • Jail Tour
  • Dispatch
  • Court House
  • Crime Lab
  • Firearms Training
  • Non-Lethal Weapons
  • Canine
  • SWAT / Special Operations
  • Traffic Stops / High-Risk Stops
  • Gangs
  • Narcotics
  • Violent Crimes
  • Special Victims Unit
  • Domestic Violence
  • Building Searches
  • Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CAR Team)
  • Scenarios (Day in the Life)

Do I Graduate with a certification?

The CPA is an educational tool only. At the end of the course participants will have a better knowledge of how the UPD works and what a police officer does on a day-to-day basis. There are no certifications given during this course.

What is the cost?

The CPA is a free class we offer to residents living or working within our jurisdiction. The only thing we ask is for your full commitment to attend each week.

Who do I contact to participate?

The Citizen's Academy is limited to 40 people per class and there are two classes offered per year. Your name will go on a waiting list, if there are no seats available in the upcoming class.

For questions about the academy, you can email UPDCitizensAcademy@updsl.org