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 residents insights into how police officers perform their duties and how the department serves the community.

What is the Citizen Police Academy?

The Citizen Police Academy is a dynamic 10-week program designed to foster better communication between citizens and police through education. This program is comprehensive, covering a different area of the department each week.

Who may attend the Academy?

The academy is open to anyone 18 years of age or older who either lives or works in Fayette County and has no felony convictions.  

Classes are limited to 35 participants. All classes are free.

What will participants learn?

Certified police officers, supervisors, and civilian instructors with particular expertise will conduct each topic. Topics include:

  • Criminal law
  • Patrol procedures
  • Narcotics/vice investigations
  • K9 Unit
  • Emergency Response Unit
  • Division of E-911
  • Accident reconstruction/DUI
  • Criminal investigations
  • Crime scene processing
  • Domestic violence/Elder abuse
  • Traffic stops
  • Pursuit driving
  • Use of force
  • Crisis intervention
  • Polygraph

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 "ride along" with a patrol officer, a CPR course, and take a tour of the Fayette County Detention Center, Blackburn Correctional Complex and TSA at the airport.

When is the Academy?

The LCPA is held three times a year: Spring, Summer and Fall.

  • Spring Session: March – May, Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
  • Summer Session: June – August, Wenesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
  • Fall Session: September – November, Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

How do I apply to the Citizen Police Academy?

You can apply by completing the application and mailing it to the address below or by emailing it to


An application may be mailed to you by calling (859) 258-3635 or picked up at:

Lexington Police Department
Citizen Police Academy
1795 Old Frankfort Pike
Lexington, KY 40504