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Citizens' Police Academy

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Our Citizens’ Police Academy is one of our most popular programs. It teaches you about the structure and activities of our department and gives you the opportunity to meet and interact with officers. You will learn about:

  • Patrol procedures

  • Criminal law

  • Officer safety

  • Traffic enforcement

  • K9, tactical and investigations units

  • Firearms

  • Crime scene processing

  • Crime prevention

  • A tour of the Adult Detention Center in Olathe and Johnson County Crime Lab

There is no cost to attend. 

Apply for the Citizen's Police Academy

Dates and Location

Our ten week Citizens Police Academy runs twice a year, beginning each January and September. The classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 9 p.m. at the Lenexa Police Department, 12500 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66215.

We are now accepting applications for our next session which begins Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.  Once this class reaches capacity, you will be placed on a waiting list for the following session.   

Eligibility

You must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Lenexa and have no significant criminal record. We will conduct criminal history background checks on each participant. The Police Chief can make the final decision about the suitability of your participation.

Automatic disqualifiers

You may not participate in the Citizens’ Police Academy if your past includes any of the following: 

  • Conviction of a felony or an offense that constitutes a felony in Kansas or the United States

  • Conviction of a Class A or B misdemeanor in the past five years

  • Conviction of any crime of a sexual nature

  • Dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces

  • Exhibiting conduct that disrupts, diminishes or jeopardizes public trust in the Lenexa Police Department.


Contact Information

Master Police Officer Danny Chavez, dchavez@lenexa.com, 913.825.8040


Volunteer Opportunities

To become a volunteer with the Lenexa Police Department, you must first successfully complete the Citizens' Police Academy.