Citizen Academy


Attending Citizens' Academy

The Police Department proudly hosts an annual Citizens' Academy. The academy offers citizens the opportunity to learn more about the employees of the police department and their combined efforts to ensure the safety of the community. The academy is designed for adult participants over the age of 18. There is no cost to attend.

Too often the inaccurate portrayal of police officers on television is the only perception many individuals may have about police officers. Our classes are designed to give you a better understanding of the Police Department by sharing with you our day to day practices. Through active participation in a variety of fun and informative classes, graduates leave with a greater awareness of police operations and problem solving efforts within the Village. A graduate told us “When I was growing up I was afraid of the police. After this academy, I’m not afraid anymore and I want to take the program again”.


Various courses throughout the Academy offer hands-on participation. Our D.U.I. Investigation class includes driving a golf cart through traffic cones while wearing “Fatal Vision” goggles to simulate how a person feels while driving under the influence of alcohol. Participants see first hand how the forensics of crime scene investigation are done during the mock crime scene and criminal investigation class.

A firearms safety session is offered where instruction is given on gun safety and everyone is given the opportunity to shoot a handgun, shotgun, and semi-automatic rifle. This session also includes a computer based firearms training simulator which places the student in video based training scenarios where split second decisions to shoot or not shoot must be made. Participants see first hand the complexity of decision making used by police officers.

Additional classes cover a wide range of law enforcement topics including Patrol Services Procedures, Investigations, 9-1-1 Center operations, Emergency Rescue Team and Traffic Enforcement. Participants will tour the Greenwood Village Police Department and have the opportunity to receive training in C.P.R. Everyone attending the Academy is encouraged to accompany a police officer on a “Ride-Along” during a patrol shift.

The Citizen’s Academy is free of charge and open to anyone, not just a resident of Greenwood Village. The classes consist of twelve sessions followed by a graduation. Each year the Academy starts the first part of February through mid May. Classes are held Thursday evenings at City Hall from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Two optional Saturday classes are scheduled and you will be provided those dates the first day of class. The final session ends with a celebration for class graduates and their guests.

Eligibility & Application

To be eligible for the Citizens’ Academy, applicants must:
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have no felony convictions and give consent for a background check as part of the application process.
  • Have no misdemeanor convictions within one year of application.
Any requirement may be waived or modified upon review and approval by the Police Chief.

City of Greenwood Village occasionally uses photographs and videos of attendees in promotional, social media and education materials. By virtue of your attendance, you agree to usage of your likeness in such material.  

Register here for the Citizens' Academy and for more information please contact Officer Rodney Valenzuela at 720-554-5161 or email.