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Citizens Police Academy
Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2017


The Roanoke County Police Department was the first law enforcement agency in the Commonwealth of Virginia to offer this opportunity to citizens. Members of the Neighborhood Watch Program and the Business Watch Program as well as any private citizens are welcome to attend. The goal of the Academy is to educate private citizens on why and how the Roanoke County Police Department carries out its mission.

About Roanoke County's Citizen Police Academy

Learn about all things law enforcement from Roanoke County's Police, Emergency Communications, and Sheriff's Office staff.  Topics range from K-9 demonstrations, crime prevention tips, evidence collection, mock traffic stops, driving range, jail tours, and even a firing range demonstration.

The Citizen Police Academy meets every week for usually 19 to 20 weeks, and each session includes dinner and an evening of speakers from a variety of law enforcement functions within Roanoke County.

Who Can Attend?

Anyone can attend and no cost to participants!

Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

See the Current Citizen Police Academy schedule  for more details.

Citizen Academy Applications are available on-line or in the lobby of the Roanoke County Public Safety Center on Cove Road and the Roanoke County Administration Center on Bernard Drive.

Fall Session begins September 12, 2017
Sessions will be held from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm every Tuesday