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Dover Police Accepting Application’s for Citizen’s Police Academy 8-13-2020

The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is a program that meets once a week on Tuesday evenings from 6:00p.m-9:00pm.  The academy will begin on September 15th and ends on November 10th, 2020.  This program is designed to provide members of the Dover community with additional knowledge about their police department. It allows citizens of Dover to become more educated on Dover Police Department procedure and the pressures associated within law enforcement. We seek and invite a diverse group of people who either live in or work in the City of Dover to apply.  You do not have to be a Dover citizen to attend.  There is no cost to attend the Citizen Police Academy.

The application deadline for 2020 is September 4th.

Due to social distancing guidelines (Covid-19), there are LIMITED spots available for the 2020 class.

The purpose of the Citizen Police Academy is to accomplish three goals:

  1. To educate community members in Dover Police Department procedures and the pressures associated within law enforcement
  2. To allow the citizens of Dover to meet the men and women who serve them
  3. To provide Dover Police Department officers the opportunity to meet and hear from the citizens they serve.

Citizen Police Academy members are given a realistic view of the Department.
Topics presented include:

  • Community Policing
  • “Meet the Chief”
  • Laws of Arrest
  • Search and Seizure
  • Communications
  • Internal Affairs
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Crisis Negotiation Team
  • Crime Scene Processing and Forensics
  • Patrol Operations
  • Canine Unit
  • Drugs/Vice
  • Special Response Team
  • Use of Force Training
  • Traffic Stops
  • Public Affairs

The academy meets once a week at the Dover Police Department on Tuesday evenings from 6pm-9pm.

Presentations consist of lectures, demonstrations, videos, computer presentations, and “hands on” participation. Each participant is given the opportunity to ride with an officer for one shift.

How to Obtain an Application

There are two ways to obtain an application for the Citizen’s Police Academy
1-2020 Citizen’s Police Academy Application (Download/Print/Mail-In)

Media representatives are welcome and encouraged to apply.


For further information contact:

Sgt. Lawson or M/Cpl. Rich
Planning and Training Unit
Dover Police Department
400 S. Queen Street
Dover, DE 19904