Yuma, Arizona - The Yuma Police Department is now accepting applications for our Citizens Police Academy.  The academy is designed to educate the citizens of Yuma about the daily operations of the Yuma Police Department.

The academy, which is twelve (12) weeks long, will give participants an opportunity to see how the police department works and get some “hands on“ instruction on various topics relating to police work.  Some of those classes include: a driving course, firearms training, building searches, decision making scenarios, K9 demonstration, Crime Scene processing, Narcotics, Gangs, Animal Control, Driving Under the Influence and Traffic Laws.  Participants will also get a tour of the department and have to complete a ride-a-long.

We will be holding two academies, one on Tuesday nights and one on Wednesday nights.  They will start on Tuesday, January 9th 2018 and Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 with a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, March 27th and Wednesday, March 28th, 2018.  Classes will be held every Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with some nights running until 10:00 pm.

Classes will be held at the Yuma Police Department, 1500 S. 1st Avenue, and at our training facility.  There is no fee for attending the academy, but you will be required to attend at least five sessions and participate in all “hands on” exercises for successful completion of the course.

Preference will be given to residents of the City of Yuma.   Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and pass a background check.  The class size is limited to 14 participants each night due to the large amount of scenario based training.

Applications for the academy can be picked up at the Yuma Police Department records window, 1500 S. 1st Avenue or you can ask for an electronic copy to be sent via email. The deadline for application submission is Friday, December 8th or until 28 participants fill the class.  If you have any questions about the program please feel free to contact Sergeant Lori Franklin at 373-4732 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.