Citizen Police Academy

Thank you for your interest in the University Police Departments Citizens Police Academy. In order to apply to attend the academy use your student ID to log In to UAlbany My Involvement and search for "CPA" under organizations. Be sure to complete all information prior to submission. You will be notified by UPD staff when your application is accepted. Please contact UPD Web if you are interested in attending or have any questions regarding the academy.

The University Police Department is proud to offer a Citizens Police Academy to our campus community. The purpose of the academy is to create better understanding and communication between the police department and the community through education. The academy runs for eight weeks and is normally held during the Spring and Fall semesters.

The academy is open to a limited number of applicants due to space constraints at our facility. The applicants will be chosen after an initial background screening is conducted. Applications will be accepted from UAlbany students, staff, faculty, City of Albany residents and Town of Guilderland residents.

Each night’s class will consist of several subjects. The courses are designed to move quickly and be informative as well as interesting. Several courses will consist of practical, hands on training. A ride-a-long with a UAlbany police officer may also be conducted during the eight-week program, but is not mandatory and will not be on a regularly scheduled course day. The courses tentatively scheduled include, but are not limited to, laws, patrol/vehicle and traffic, crime scene investigations, crime prevention, handcuffing and use of force.