Citizen Academy

Kensington Police Department Citizen’s Academy

2015 Citizen’s Academy dates will be October 7, 2015 to December 9, 2015.  Additional details are on the flyer available here.

The Kensington Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy provides community members with an inside look at local law enforcement. While at the Academy, citizen/students are introduced to a variety of law enforcement topics. The eight-week academy program is designed to give citizens an overview of the police department’s function and operational procedures.

The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to the traditional police academy; however, the once-weekly sessions are not designed to train the participant as a police officer. Police officers teach the academy classes. Participants also have the opportunity to meet with the Chief of Police and staff members. They are encouraged to ask questions and express ideas and concerns to police employees.

The curriculum for the Citizen Police Academy includes:

  • Chief of Police Introductions
  • Community policing
  • Patrol & Traffic Enforcement procedures
  • Investigative procedures
  • Emergency Management/Disaster Preparedness
  • Officer safety issues
  • Use of force
  • Communications/911
  • Ethics/Professional standards
  • Criminal laws/ laws of arrest/ legal issues
  • Crime scene investigations
  • Crime prevention
  • Records
  • Property and evidence
  • Special teams
  • And much more

In addition to the classroom curriculum the students have the opportunity to participate in a ride-along with a Kensington police officer. During the ride-along the students get a chance to experience modern law enforcement up close.

The Citizen Police Academy class size is limited to approximately 20 students per session. The Chief of Police selects participants through an application process. Academy participant must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Live or work in Kensington
  • Successfully pass a Background Investigation
  • No felony convictions
  • Any misdemeanor convictions will be review by the Chief of Police on a case by case basis

The Citizen Academy will become a key element in the Kensington Police Department’s commitment to community policing and will create a collaborative partnership with the community. As a graduate of the citizen’s academy, it opens an opportunity to become one of the important police volunteers with the Kensington Police Department.

Interested in participating in the KPD Citizen’s Academy? Click here for a printable application. Please return all completed applications to Officer Wilikens via mail or in person at the Kensington Police Department.

For more information, contact Officer Stephanie Wilkens at: