Citizen's Police Academy

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Learn What It Takes To Serve at the
Citizen's Police Academy 

The Ankeny Citizen’s Police Academy is a 30-hour course designed to give the public a hands-on experience into the practices, policies and procedures that guide the Ankeny Police Department.

The Academy consists of 10, three-hour sessions, held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m.* Participants will receive classroom instruction and be involved in interactive exercises on a variety of topics, including defensive tactics, firearms, search and seizure, felony stops, accident investigation and narcotics investigation.

*Class size is limited. Participants must reside, work in or have significant ties to the City of Ankeny. Candidates must agree to attend eight of the 10 classes to be considered. There is no charge to participate. 

How To Apply 

*The 2020 CPA Class  dates will be announced and we will begin accepting applications soon.


If you have any questions about the Citizen's Police Academy, please contact Sgt. Corey Schneden at (515) 289-5257 or

Program History 

The Ankeny Citizen’s Police Academy began in 1999 in order to promote a better understanding of the operations of the police department with the community. Since it began, approx. 300 people have graduated from the Academy.

Once the program is completed, Ankeny Citizen’s Police Academy graduates are invited to join the CPA Alumni Association to continue their relationship with the police department. The CPA Alumni Association assists with department tours, open house events and public awareness efforts.

Citizen's Police Academy Photos

Updated on 11/07/2018 3:41 p.m.

Past participants learn what it takes to be a police officer in this 30-hour course offered by the Ankeny Police Department.