Citizens' Academy

What is the Citizens' Academy?Adults practicing CPR on dummies

Greenwood Village Police Department proudly hosts an annual Citizens' Academy, which offers citizens the opportunity to learn more about GVPD and their combined efforts to ensure the community's safety. The classes consist of twelve sessions followed by a graduation. Classes are held on Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm (location varies) from February 29 through May 9, 2024 . Two optional Saturday classes are scheduled and you will be provided those dates on the first day of class. The final session ends with a celebration for class graduates and their guests.

What do participants learn?

Sessions are designed to give participants a better understanding of local law enforcement through active participation in a variety of fun and informative classes. Graduates leave with a greater awareness of police operations and crime reduction efforts within Greenwood Village.

Academy course topics include:

  • Investigations
  • Forensics/Crime Scene Investigation
  • Firearms safety
  • Patrol Services procedures
  • 9-1-1 Center operations
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Traffic Enforcement

Participants will tour the Greenwood Village Police Department and have the opportunity to receive training in CPR. Academy participants are also encouraged to accompany a police officer on a ride-along during a patrol shift.

Who is eligible to participate in Citizens' Academy?

Citizen’s Academy is free of charge and open to anyone, not just Greenwood Village residents. The academy is designed for adult participants over the age of 18. There is no cost to attend.

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.                                                                                    

How can I apply for the 2024 Citizens' Academy?

Citizens' Academy is returning again in 2024, with classes held weekly on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., from February 29 through May 9, 2024.  Submit an application to participate or visit the Greenwood Village Police Department to fill out an in-person application. Deadline for applications is February 22, 2024.  Class is limited to 25 participants.

Photography notice:

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

For more information about Citizen's Academy, email Officer Rodney Valenzuela.