Citizens Police Academy

Get an up close and personal look at police work with Overland Park Police Department’s citizens police academy.

This program educates residents about the basics of the police profession. With this knowledge, residents can return to their neighborhoods and improve the relationship between the community and the police department.

2020 Academy

There will not be a 2020 academy due to COVID-19. Please check back in 2021 for opportunities to participate.


The academy is a nine-week-long program.

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 K-9 unit and SWAT team.

The academy is not an accredited certification course and is not meant for police officer candidates.


Applicants must be 18 years old and may not have a criminal record. Overland Park conducts criminal history background checks on all applicants.

Due to limited class sizes, if you are selected to attend you will be expected to participate in eight of the nine sessions. If you are not able to participate in at least eight sessions, please do not apply.


Officer Ken Braden