"The Tulsa Citizen's Police Academy is one of the premiere programs in the country. We are proud to partner with Tulsans for a better future for our city."
Captain Thad Espy
Assistant Training Director
TPD Training Division
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Citizen's Police Academy is a free, 13-week program designed to introduce citizens to the various operations, protocols and procedures of the Tulsa Police Department. Taught by veteran TPD officers, topics include: use of force, firearms training, pursuit driving, and criminal and narcotic investigations.
From Orlando to Tulsa.
The Citizen's Police Academy is an adult education program introduced in the U.S. by the Orlando Police Department in 1985. Due to its popularity the concept quickly spread throughout the country and the Tulsa Police Department implemented the Citizen's Police Academy program a short time later.
Learn what it is to be a Tulsa Police Officer.
Free to all citizens who live, work, or attend school in Tulsa, this 13-week course meets every Tuesday evening from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Although some classes feature hands-on learning, the course is not physically taxing. Due to the sensitive nature of portions of the curriculum, a criminal background check is part of application process. There is no law enforcement authority or law enforcement credentials conveyed to any citizen who completes the program. It is adult education designed not only to teach, but to make the process fun and interesting.
Transferring law enforcement experience.
The Tulsa Citizen's Police Academy is taught by veteran TPD officers who will discuss the challenges of policing a large, diverse, urban center. It is an opportunity for citizens to interact with experienced police officers in an educational environment to foster the understanding and mutual respect that is necessary to build a safer community for all.
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