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The Dover Police Department is accepting applications for the 2023 Citizen’s Police Academy.

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 12th and ends on November 14th, 2023. 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 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.

Apply for the Citizen’s Police Academy

To apply, complete the form below or click  Download Citizen’s Police Academy Application (pdf)  to complete a traditional application and return it to the department.

The application deadline for 2023 is September 1st by 3:00 p.m.!

Media representatives are welcome and encouraged to apply.

For further information contact:
Sgt. Joseph Bauer
Planning and Training Unit