Citizens' Academy

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The Westminster Police Department Citizens' Academy is a tuition free program designed to provide an in-depth look into the day-to-day operations of a law enforcement agency and its role in the criminal justice system. Participants are invited to look behind the scenes in both classroom and hands-on format at the roles and responsibilities of police officer’s and professional support staff in each division, bureau, and unit of the department.  The purpose of the Citizens' Academy is to teach citizens about the philosophy, policies, and guiding principles of law enforcement and ethical conduct governing police services in our community and to enhance and retain strong partnerships with Westminster community members.

The Citizens' Academy is presented in four-hour classes, held one night a week, over a span of eleven weeks. Participants in the program will learn about:

  • Patrol Operations
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • K-9 Officers
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Communications
  • Special Weapons Tactics
  • Crisis Negotiation
  • And much more!

The Citizens' Academy Instructors are comprised of Department executive command personnel, supervisors, veteran police officers, and professional civilian support staff. By the end of the eleven weeks, students are given the opportunity to complete a 2-3 hour ride-along with a police officer. After completion of the program, each student graduates with a better understanding of how the Westminster Police Department serves our community.

Download or print our brochure for more information, or to apply by mail or in person.


All Citizens' Academy applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age and a resident or work within the City of Westminster. Applicants may not have any misdemeanor convictions or arrests within three years and be free of any felony convictions or arrests. Applicants must also complete a limited background check, including Live Scan fingerprinting. To participate, you will need to complete the application form below. Deadline to apply is Thursday, August 13, 2020. Space is limited.

For questions please contact: Cindy Gray | Police Service Officer, Citizens' Academy Coordinator Westminster Police Department 714-548-3203.

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