Citizens Police Academy



The Citizen’s Police Academy was designed to create a better understanding and communication between citizens and the police through education. The intent of the Citizen’s Police Academy is to help citizens better understand the Charlottesville Police Department and its role in the community. The Academy is of benefit to the community and the department because it builds relationships and creates a cadre of citizens who are better informed about the reality of police work.


The academy runs for 10 weeks, starting at 6:00 PM. The date is to be announced; however, at this time we do have a waiting list.


We have been holding them at the Tonsler Park conference room.


Police Department personnel and the Commonwealth Attorney’s office provide the instruction.


Patrol Bureau, Special Units, Investigations Bureau, Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement (JADE), Forensics, The Commonwealth Attorneys Prosecution Team, The court system, Victim / Witness Coordinator, D.A.R.E Program, 9-1-1 center, Selection and Hiring Process for Police Officers, Training of Officers, Departments policy and procedures, S.W.A.T., Internal Affairs, K-9, Use of Force and Firearms Safety, Radar and DUI Enforcement and Operation of the Regional Jail.


An applicant needs to complete an application for the Citizens Police Academy and successfully pass a criminal history background check. If you are selected to attend the academy, you must commit to attending all classes barring unforeseen illness or emergency. We are unable to make up any missed portions of the academy. Therefore, absence could result in a participant not completing the entire course. Please consider carefully the commitment necessary to participate in this program and please do not apply if you KNOW you cannot attend the entire course and/or attend during the scheduled times.