Citizens Police Academy

Experience hands-on training

What is it like to be an officer in Castle Rock? Every year, we provide the residents of Castle Rock a chance to gain a better understanding of what law enforcement officers go through on a daily basis through the Citizens Police Academy. Participants engage in a combination of classroom and hands-on training. 

The class is kept small, no more than 30 people, to aid participation. The annual series is free and meets from 6 to 10 p.m., Thursday nights for 10 weeks.

2018 Graduating Class

Citizens Academy group photo

2020 Registration

  1. The 2020 Citizens Police Academy will begin April 9 and run through June 18. Registration will open Monday, March 2. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020. 

Training experience

The academy contains mini versions of the same types of training real officers go through. Participants learn or experience: 

  • Community policing tactics
  • Crime scene processing and evidence collection
  • Education in federal, state and local laws
  • Graduation
  • Investigative procedures, including officer discretion relating to arrests
  • Self-defense / firearm safety
  • Traffic laws, accident investigation and drunken driving enforcement
  • Victim assistance services


The academy’s goal is to build partnerships between Castle Rock residents and the officers who serve and protect them through a series of classes instructed by police officers. Residents interested in how the Castle Rock Police Department’s policies and procedures work may email us or call Commander Lyons at 720-733-6016.