Citizens Police Academy

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Reinforcing the Thin Blue Line

The Roanoke Citizen Police Academy provides an excellent opportunity for citizens to gain a better perspective of the day to day operations of the Police Department. The academy is open to citizens who live and/or work in Roanoke, as well as family members of police officers. All participants are subject to a criminal background check. The Roanoke Police Department reserves the right to deny any persons with a criminal history. Applicants must be 21 years old or older.

Academy Topics
Academies are offered twice a year. Students meet 1 night a week from 6-9 p.m. for 12 weeks. Topics taught include:
  • Bike Patrol
  • Crime Prevention
  • Criminal Law
  • Drug Investigations
  • Evidence
  • Firearms Training
  • K-9 Demonstration
  • Officer Ride-A-Long
  • Professional Standards Unit
  • Radar Enforcement
  • Riot Control
  • School Resource Officer (SRO)/D.A.R.E.
  • Shooting Range
  • Street Crimes Unit
  • Tactical Response Team
  • Tour 911 Center
  • Traffic and DUI
  • Uniform Patrols
More Information
There is no fee to participate in the Roanoke Citizen Police Academy. You can apply online. For more information contact:
Roanoke Police Academy
Investigator Jennifer Owens
540-853-5441
jennifer.owens@roanokeva.gov
Mailing address:
5401 Barns Avenue
Suite B
Roanoke, VA 24019