Citizen Police Academy Application

Springfield Police Department

Are you interested in learning about community law enforcement? This page contains information about the Springfield Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy.

The Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is a free, nine-week course comprised of both classroom and hands-on learning experiences. The 2019 CPA will take place every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. beginning August 14, 2019 and ending October 9, 2019.

The online application for the upcoming Citizen’s Police Academy is available at the bottom of this page. Individuals may also download and print a copy of the application by clicking the link in the Application Process section on this page. Paper applications can be mailed to or dropped off at the Springfield Police Department located at 800 E. Monroe in Springfield.

To download the program flyer, click here.

Information About the Citizen’s Police Academy


The Citizen’s Police Academy is NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.

The Citizen’s Police Academy is a revolutionary concept in law enforcement and police-community relations, consisting of orientation, classroom and hands-on instructional learning experiences. The goal of the CPA is to enhance the community policing concept and increase public awareness and education in our City. Subjects covered during the Academy include: officer selection and training process, the job of the uniformed patrol officer, tactical operations, investigation skills, vice and narcotics, communications, firearms, defensive tactics, crime prevention, community policing, and more.

Students will be actively involved in many interesting and unique activities, such as touring police facilities, using police equipment, firing the department service weapons, canine demonstrations, and other community law enforcement related activities. The course is free of charge, and each applicant must complete an application and agree to undergo a cursory background check prior to approval and admission. To graduate, each student must attend seven (7) of the nine (9) sessions.

The CPA is held at the Springfield Police Academy, located at 3501 Color Plant Road.

To apply for the CPA, please complete the online application below. Available spots are limited therefore applications for the 2019 CPA must be submitted by Monday, August 5, 2019.

Application Process Application Process


Below is the online application. Applications can also be downloaded and printed by clicking here. Paper applications can be mailed to or dropped off at the Springfield Police Department located at 800 E. Monroe in Springfield. All applicants must agree to undergo a cursory background check prior to approval and admission.

Applicants will receive confirmation if they have been accepted to attend the Citizen’s Police Academy.

If you have any questions, you may contact Alex Rockford by phone at 217.788.8360 or by email at alexandria.rockford@springfield.il.us.