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About The Academy

Explore the problems and challenges faced by law enforcement and learn how your police department meets those challenges. You will get a better understanding of the process from the moment a crime is reported through its investigation. Observe and participate in demonstrations using some of the latest technology available to your local Crime Scene Investigations Unit, Bomb Disposal Unit, Response Team, and Crisis Negotiators! You’ll also discover programs that have allowed the police department to partner with businesses, schools and citizens to prevent crime!

Classes will be held one evening weekly from 6-9 pm at the Law Enforcement Center. Two additional Saturday sessions, with attendance being optional, will include a tour of the Department of Corrections, and a fun day, where participants will experience use of force (shoot/don’t shoot) scenarios, and demonstrations from the K-9 and Training Units. Upon completion of the course, you will graduate with a certificate of attendance.


2018 Citizen's Academy

Space is limited to 35 participants. 2018 dates are as follows: 

  • Spring Session: Thursday evenings, February 8th to May 3rd


Apply for Citizen's Academy

Applications can be picked up at the Topeka Police Department, or download the PDF form. If you need help with the application, submit your information to be contacted.

Mail the completed application to:
City of Topeka Police Department
Attn: Citizens Academy Coordinator
320 S. Kansas Ave, Ste 100
Topeka, Kansas 66603

If you or anyone you know is interested in attending, you may get more information by contacting LT Colleen Stuart at 785-368-9002 or  by email.


Bill Cochran

Chief of Police
320 S Kansas, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66603

Non-Emergency: 785-368-9551

Fax Numbers
Chief’s Office: 785-368-9458
Records Bureau: 785-368-9221
Criminal Investigations: 785-368-9125