BPD invites community members to participate in the Citizen Police Academy

January 2, 2020

The Boise Police Department is happy to announce the next session of the Boise Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy (CPA.) The CPA invites community members to participate in a series of classroom lessons, tours, experiences and discussions designed to expand community knowledge about the Boise Police Department.

This behind-the-scenes experience with some of the Boise Police Department’s unique programs is intended to spark conversation among participants and their networks to strengthen the community’s commitment to and understanding of the role that law enforcement plays in Boise’s commitment to livability.

Key Program Objectives:

  • Enhance communication between police officers and the public they serve by giving citizens unique and valuable insight into the training, challenges and rewards of working inthe Boise Police Department.

  • Understand the responsibilities and roles of the officers and civilians who keep our community safe, and the roles of the individual units within the department.

  • Inform and engage the community to create a dialogue between the city, the police department, and the community around issues concerning public safety.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or a 2019-2020 high school senior.
  • Applicants must reside OR work within the City of Boise.
  • Applicants must be free from any recent major or habitual violations of the law.
  • Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony.
  • COMPLETED application must be received by February 3, 2020.
  • Download an application here.

Classes will include presentations from: patrol, neighborhood and community policing, DUI and traffic enforcement, law enforcement stress and critical incident overview, K-9 demonstrations, use of force, narcotics and gang units, crime scene investigation, crime lab, domestic violence, victim witness program, mental health program, opioid education, school resource officers, training and recruitment and more! Please note, program schedule may change without notice.

Selected applicants will also be invited to participate in field excursions to the emergency vehicle operations track, Boise police range and training facility, Ada County Jail, and Ada County Dispatch facility.


The academy starts April 1st and runs through May 20th.

  • Classes are held each Wednesday evening from 6:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
  • Two classes will be held on Saturdays (Range and EVOC driving) May 2nd and May 16th.
  • For more information please contact bpdcpa@cityofboise.org


In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the City of Boise will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in admission or access to its services, programs, or activities including federally assisted services, programs, or activities. We support the Americans with Disabilities Act and inclusion of all people in our programs. If you would like an accommodation, because of a disability, to participate in a program with Boise Police, please email bpdcpa@cityofboise.org


Interested in Participating?

If you are interested in participating, please complete the application and return it to bpdcpa@cityofboise.org no later than February 3rd, 2020.

Boise Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy
Boise Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy
Boise Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy
Boise Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy
Boise Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy

Contact: Boise Police Media Relations

(208) 570-6180 | BPDMedialine@cityofboise.org

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