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Apply now for 2023 Citizen Police Academy

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Get an inside look at your community's police department during the 2023 Citizen Police Academy, from March 8 to May 10.

Eugene Police Department is currently accepting applications for the 2023 Citizen Police Academy.

The free 10-week program will be held March 8 through May 10. Most sessions will be conducted Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a few Saturday sessions tentatively scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Applicants must commit to attending every session.

The Eugene Police Department is always looking for ways to engage with the community we serve. Attending EPD’s Citizen Police Academy provides a unique opportunity for city residents to learn more about law enforcement and how their local police department works.

This academy is designed to educate city residents who wish to learn about their community’s police department. It is not designed to train individuals to be police officers. Citizen Police Academy participants learn about a variety of topics within the police department, including:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Budget
  • Central Lane 911 Center
  • Community Engagement Team
  • Community Service Officers
  • Crime Statistics
  • Criminal Prosecution
  • Crisis Intervention and De-Escalation
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Drone Team
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations
  • Explosives Disposal Unit
  • Firearms
  • Forensics and Property Control Units
  • Internal Affairs and Police Auditor
  • Investigations
  • K-9 Unit
  • Lane County Jail Tour
  • Organizational Overview
  • Police Officer Training
  • Records
  • Recruiting
  • Street Crimes Unit
  • SWAT Team
  • Traffic Safety Unit
  • Volunteers in Policing

For each academy, the police department seeks a diverse group of participants who are representative of Eugene’s population. Participants must live in the incorporated area of the City of Eugene, be at least 21 years of age, and pass a criminal background check. Confirm your city residency at

Apply at For more information, email EPD Community Engagement Team Program Manager Jeff Blondé.

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