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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 12 week academies per year with 25 people in each academy class.   The spring 2015 academy class #54 graduated on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.
Our fall 2015 class #55 will begin Wednesday, August 12, 2015 and end Wednesday, October 28, 2015.  Registration will open Monday, July 13th.   
For program information please contact Crime Prevention Specialist Blanca Quezada at (480) 782-4960 or email her at