Citizens Police Academy

Academy students watching HazMat demo

W. Jack Sanders Justice Center
12400 Foster
913-469-8500 ext. 4653

Get an up close and personal look at police work.

The belief behind our Citizens Police Academy is E.P.I.C., Encouraging a Positive and Interactive Community.

The goal of the academy is educate citizens on basic information regarding the police profession.

These citizens can then return to their neighborhoods better informed to improve the relationship between the community and Police Department.

About the Academy

See through the eyes of our instructors and "hands on" practicals into what it's like to be an Overland Park police officer.

This nine-week academy, you will learn about patrol operations, firearms training, weapons systems, crime analysis, narcotics, traffic enforcement and more.

There also will be opportunities to observe and interact with tactical police equipment and vehicles through demonstrations by the police K-9 unit and SWAT team.

Who may attend

Applicants do not have to be an Overland Park resident, but must be at least 18 years old and have no criminal record.

Criminal history background checks will be conducted on all applicants.

Persons selected to attend the Academy are expected to participate in eight out of nine sessions.

If this is not possible, please do not apply due to limited class size.

The Overland Park Police Department will conduct background checks on applicants.

This academy is not designed for police officer candidates.


There is no fee charged for the Citizens Police Academy.

Our officers and personnel teaching in the academy provide their services and expertise to the members of the class as part of the program.


Applications for the 2019 Citizens Police Academy are now open.

Apply online. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through August 20. When 35 applicants are accepted, applications will close.