Citizens’ Police Academy

The Citizens' Police Academy is designed to give people who live or own a business in Council Bluffs the opportunity to learn what police work is like in their community.

Class Information

Classes are taught by Council Bluffs' police officers and cover everything from community-oriented policing to special weapons and tactics teams. The first class was held in the spring of 1992 and was a huge success. The class picture shown here are those that attended our most recent class.

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Classes meet from 6:30 to 9:00 PM on Thursday evenings. Each session of the Citizens Police Academy runs for 12 weeks. Class schedules are subject to change based on staffing, scheduling, or other unforeseen circumstances.  

Classes are held at the Council Bluffs Police Departments Community Room located at 1 Ezra Jackson Way in Council Bluffs.


The participants enjoy learning about their police department first hand.  Most of the classes are designed to be hands-on or interactive with the guest presenters.  Those who participate in the Citizens' Police Academy will find the experience both educational and rewarding and somewhat of contrast to the Police shows they see on TV.

Criteria and How to Register

 To attend, citizens must meet the following established criteria:

  1.  participants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and,
  2.  must pass a background investigation check
  3.  must reside, work, or own a business within the city of Council Bluffs, IA.

Download a printable copy of the Citizens Police Academy brochure 

Register for the next Citizens Police Academy  We recommend using Adobe Acrobat to email the form when complete.

Mail or email the completed form to:
Council Bluffs Police Department
PAR Unit / Citizens Police Academy
1 Ezra Jackson Way
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

For more information contact PAR Unit  Phone: (712) 890-5400 Option 7