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

Classes are held each spring and fall on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Lenexa Police Department.

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2017 session which begins September 6 and runs every Wednesday until November 15.


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,, 913.825.8040

CPA Masters Course

Once you have graduated the Citizens’ Police Academy, you are eligible to participate in the CPA Masters Courses. These courses will give you specialized training to volunteer with us.

  • Courses vary in length, depending on the topic.

  • You may have to meet specified qualifications for certain programs

  • We cannot guarantee you will be accepted into the volunteer program.

For more information about the CPA Masters Courses, call 913.477.7245.