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Citizens Academy

Citizen Police Academy

The Chandler Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy (CPA) a free program designed for citizens of Chandler and members of the business community an inside look at their Police Department and law enforcement operations.  The CPA is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the operations and resources of the Chandler Police Department.  Participants will interact with police executives, veteran officers and civilian employees during the academy.  The goal of the CPA is to provide a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement’s role in our community.

This academy is NOT the police recruit academy

Please visit the careers section or the City of Chandler Human Resources Division if you are interested in applying to be a police recruit.

Course curriculum includes: 

  • An overview of the Police Department and the administration
  • Gangs
  • Drugs
  • Robbery/Homicides
  • Sex Crimes
  • Crime Lab
  • Media and the Law
  • D.U.I.
  • Traffic Laws
  • Tactical Operations – SAU or also known as SWAT
  • K-9 Unit
  • Use of Force
  • Firearms Training
  • Police Communications – Dispatch
  • Crime Prevention
  • Victim Services
  • School Violence
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Eligibility Requirements:

Potential candidates for the Citizen Academy must meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years of age
  • Reside in or work in the City of Chandler
  • Attend a school or be an applicant in the City of  Chandler
  • No prior felony arrests
  • No misdemeanor arrests with five years of the application
  • Each candidate will have a background check conducted by the police department

The Chandler Police Department reserves the right to deny applications and acceptance to any applicant.

Graduation Standards:

  • No more than two (2) absences
  • One 5 hour ride-along with a Chandler Police Officer or
  • One 4 hour shift observing in Dispatch
  • Adhere to the informational goals established for the academy
The Department offers two 13 week academies per year with 25 people in each academy class.   The spring 2015 academy class #54 starts on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 and runs 13 consecutive weeks (Wednesday’s from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.) and ends on May 13, 2015.  Registration for the spring 2015 is now CLOSED!
We will have a fall 2015 class that will open in mid July 2015.  The start and end dates will be posted by late spring so check back.  Also, will be will be posting these dates on Facebook and Twitter.
For program information please contact Crime Prevention Specialist Blanca Quezada at (480) 782-4960 or email her at