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Citizen Police Academy LogoWhat is the Citizen Police Academy?

The Lexington Police Department has found that education has been most effective in gaining understanding and support from the community. The Citizen Police Academy offers citizens insights into how police officers perform their duties and how the department serves the community.

Mission of the Academy

The purpose of the Citizen Police Academy is to foster better communication between citizens and police through education. The Academy will create a nucleus of well-informed citizens who possess greater insight into police practices and services.Emergency ResponseGraduates of the Academy can share their knowledge and experiences with the community as the opportunity arises. Everyone benefits from enhancing citizen understanding of the role and function of their police department.

Course Description

Instruction consists of one 3-hour class held each week for a duration of twelve weeks. This instruction is comprehensive, covering a different area of the department each week. Certified police officers, supervisors, and civilian instructors with particular expertise will conduct each topic. Classes are limited to 24 citizen attendees. All classes are free.

Course Curriculum

  • Criminal LawParticipants
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Narcotics/VICE Investigations
  • K-9/Bike Patrol/Mounted Patrol
  • Emergency Response
  • Communications
  • Internal Affairs
  • Media/Public Relations
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Crime Scene Processing
  • Family Abuse/Juvenile Procedures
  • Community Services
  • Crime Stoppers
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Firearms Automated Training SystemCruiser Experience
  • Tactical Traffic Stops

A vital part of the Academy is participation in role playing and scenarios. These simulations will provide an opportunity for a unique "hands-on" learning experience. Students will also have the option, on a voluntary basis, to tour with a patrol officer, a CPR course, and take a tour of the Fayette County Detention Center.

Who may attend the Academy?

  • Any interested citizen who resides or works in Fayette County is encouraged to attend. Citizens involved with the Lexington community in some way, such as youth involvement, neighborhood watch, and neighborhood groups are very important to the Academy.
  • Citizens 18 years of age or older.
  • Citizens with no prior felony convictions.

When is the Academy?
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The LCPA is held three times a year: Spring, Summer and Fall.

  • Spring Session: March - May, Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
  • Summer Session: June - August, Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
  • Fall Session: Sept.- November, Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

How do I apply to the Citizen Police Academy?

*Note: This is not an application for Police Recruit. Go to Training Academy Page (Police Recruits).

An application may be mailed to you by calling (859) 258-3636 or picked up from
Lexington Police Department 
Community Services Section 
150 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507

For more information, please contact the CPA Coordinator:
Officer John Carmichael
(859) 258-3635
FAX: (859) 425-2008


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