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.

2022 Academy

If you are interested in participating in the 2022 academy, fill out the interest form below.


The academy is a nine-week-long program.

You will learn about

  • department operations
  • criminal investigations
  • crime scene investigations
  • communications
  • traffic enforcement
  • firearms training
  • use of force, and more.

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 at least eight of the nine sessions. If you are not able to participate in at least eight sessions, please do not apply.

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.


Sergeant Brian Keating


Use the form below to share your interest in participating. If you are accepted into the program, a member of the Police Department will contact you.