Citizens Police Academy


Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a police officer at the University of Kentucky? To help pull back the curtain of mystery that often surrounds law enforcement, the Citizens Police Academy is an opportunity for citizens to gain insight into the daily functions and responsibilities of our law enforcement personnel.  It is also part of an ongoing effort of the UK Police Department to foster more cohesive relationships between law enforcement officers and the community.  The goal is for graduates to share knowledge gained with others in the community, thereby helping others become more familiar with police practices.

Topics presented during the CPA include:

  • University Policing Overview
  • Criminal Procedure
  • K-9 Operations
  • Firearms / Use of Force
  • DUI Investigation
  • Dignitary Protection Team (DPT)
  • Crisis Management and Preparedness (CMP)
  • Joint Terrorism Task Force
  • Traffic Stops
  • Support Services

Course material will be presented through lecture, audio-visual aids, and interactive scenarios.

Course Availability

Please watch our Facebook page for announcements about upcoming CPA classes and to get other great information from your University of Kentucky Police Department.  The next series of Citizens Police Academy classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday, starting October 10th - December 19th (skipping the week of November 28th).


The CPA is open to all faculty, staff, students, and members of the community who are 18 years or older and pass a background investigation. Prospective participants must complete a course application and submit to an electronic background check.

Registration is now open!



For more information about the UK Citizens Police Academy, contact Community Services.