Citizen's Police Academy 2024


Date: Wednesdays, beginning March 6th, 2024 continuing for nine consecutive weeks
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The Citizen's Police Academy is nine weeks long and meets every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. The classes are held at the Creve Coeur Police Department and neighboring police agencies.

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*****This is the 22nd anniversary of the Citizen's Police Academy.  The first class graduated on March 5th, 2002.*****

Topics to be covered include: 

  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • DWI Investigation
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Police Weaponry and Weapons Safety

All participants will be provided the opportunity to complete a police ride-along, police role-play scenario, and shoot police handguns in the firing range. The academy is open to all residents over the age of 18. A criminal background check of all applicants will be completed, and a waiver must be signed. Contact the Creve Coeur Crime Prevention Office at (314) 442-2075 for more information or complete the online form.


The Citizen's Police Academy is an educational citizen-involved activity designed by the Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Frontenac, Kirkwood, Olivette, Town & Country, Ladue and Chesterfield Police Departments. The goal of this academy is to promote understanding between the residents and its police officers regarding their respective needs and problems. By promoting this relationship, it is hoped that citizens and police can work together to make the entire community a safer place to live.

The Citizen's Police Academy is a unique opportunity to educate the public about the criminal justice system and provide insight into everyday police work.

Areas of Police Training Covered

Several areas of police training will be covered during the nine-week academy including:

  • Constitutional and Criminal Law
  • Investigations
  • Role play
  • Traffic safety
  • Use of force
  • Weapons Safety and Firearms

Community involvement is the key to a successful academy program. Citizen's Academy graduates will not become police officers; however, they will have a greater understanding of law enforcement and a community partnership will be established.

A background check of all applicants will be completed to ensure the safety and confidentiality of law-enforcement specific material. All applicants must be over 18.

Feel free to contact the Crime Prevention Officer at (314) 442-2075 with any questions.


Due to the success of the Citizen's Police Academy, the Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Frontenac, Olivette, and Town and Country Police Departments have implemented an Advanced Citizen's Police Academy

For information on the next Advanced CPA class, including enrollment procedures, visit the Advanced CPA page or contact the Crime Prevention Office at (314) 442-2075.