Citizens Police Academy

NPD Citizens Police Academy (Fall-2023)Overview

The purpose of the Citizens Police Academy is to familiarize citizens with the operations of the police department. This includes classes on patrol procedures, criminal law, narcotics, search and seizure, tactical operations, investigations, juvenile law, firearms demonstration, emergency vehicle operations, use of force issues, and police canine demonstration. Participants also have the option to ride with a patrol officer and witness the street-activity our officers encounter on a day-to-day basis.

The concept of the Citizens Police Academy was developed in 1977 by the Devon and Cornwall, England Constabulary. The idea came about when citizens told their local police agencies that they were anxious to learn about how their police department operated. Once the agency decided to explore the possibility, it became apparent that there was enough of an interested base to move forward with the program.  

The first law enforcement agency in the United States to adopt the program was the Orlando Police Department (Florida) in 1985. Since then, numerous agencies of all sizes throughout the country have adopted a version of the Citizen's Police Academy.

The objective of the Citizens Police Academy is not to create quasi-cops, but to produce informed citizens. The academy is intended to open lines of communication between the community and the police department.  By allowing citizens a firsthand look at the police department and how its operations are handled, citizens take away a better understanding of the police's role in the community. Additionally, citizens bring a wealth of knowledge about their community and, particularly, the problems in their neighborhoods. In this way, police are able to learn and better understand the concerns of the citizens.


1.         Applicant must be 16 years of age.
2.         Applicant can not have any felony convictions.
3.         Applicant can not have any misdemeanor convictions within the last three years.
4.         Applicant must pass a background check conducted by the Noblesville Police Department.
5.         Applicant must reside or be employed in Noblesville.

Course Schedule (subject to change)

This program is a twelve-week course. Two sessions are conducted each year, one in the spring and one in the fall.  

The Noblesville Police Department has established a list of topics of interest and educational benefit for the students participating in the Academy. From time to time, the class syllabus may be altered in order to accommodate the special needs of instructors/presenters.

*Classes are generally held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at the Noblesville Police Department. (Class presentations are subject to change)

Week 1



Overview of the Academy

NPD Organizational Chart & Policing Philosophy

Budget / Year-end Report

NPD Building Tour


Week 2



Internal Affairs / Complaint Process

Police Merit Commission

Recruitment & Applicant Selection Process

Basic Course Training & FTO Program


Week 3


Patrol Division Overview

Police Vehicle  & In-Car Equipment Demonstration

Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit 


Week 4


Criminal Investigation Overview

Crime Scene Investigation


Criminal Intelligence


Week 5


Support Division Overview

School Resource Officers (SRO) Program

Community Outreach Programs

Chaplaincy Program

Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS)


Week 6


Narcotics Investigations

K-9 Demonstrations

Week 7


Professional Standards Division Overview

Public Relations and the Media



Week 8


Use of Force Continuum

Use of Force Reporting

Weapons Demonstration (OC, Taser, Baton, Shield, Restraints)

Officers Killed in the Line of Duty Statistics


Week 9


Emergency Services Unit (ESU)

Crisis Negotiations Unit (CNU)


Week 10


Emergency Response and Pursuit Driving

Pursuit Intervention Devices

Traffic Unit (Strategies & Statistics) 


Week 11


Tour of Hamilton County Communications Center

Tour of Hamilton County Jail


Week 12


Graduation Dinner

Open Discussion / Evaluation

Class Photo and Certificate Presentation



The next sessions are scheduled for: 


Spring 2024

Fall 2024

-Class Full-

-Slots Available-
February 7  - May 1, 2024 September 11 - November 25, 2024
Wednesday Evenings, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Wednesday Evenings, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Click here to fill out an Online Application

Click here to view a Printable Application Form



Please complete this form and return it to:


Noblesville Police Department

135 South 9th Street

Noblesville, Indiana 46060

ATTN: Citizen's Police Academy Coordinator Lt. Bruce Barnes


Fax:  (317) 776-6388


[email protected]



For more information please call the Citizens Police Academy Coordinator Lt. Bruce Barnes at (317) 776-6340.