Skip to main content

Citizen's Police Academy

What is the Citizens Police Academy? 

The Citizens Police Academy is a ten week educational program about law enforcement that highlights the Columbia Police Department, its functions, specialized units, and the criminal justice system. Participants will learn about Crime Scene Investigations, Gang and Narcotics Unit, 9-1-1 Dispatch Center, SWAT and much more! Don’t worry, there are no tests or exams, but the Academy does end with a  graduation ceremony, dinner and ride-along with one of Columbia’s finest.


When is the Academy? 

CPD aims to have two Academy sessions per year with one in the spring and one in the fall.  Academy sessions will run for 10 weeks on Tuesday evenings from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.  Iced tea, water and small snack items are provided.


Who can attend?

Attendees must be at least 18-years old by the first day of class.  You do not have to be a City of Columbia resident to participate.  Everyone is encouraged to attend regardless of their residence, however a background check will be performed on all applicants.


What is the cost to attend? 

It’s FREE!  However, space is limited.  Applications are due at least one week before the first day of the Academy session.


Download Application


For more information, call at 803-545-3500.

Close Menu