Citizens Police Academy

Educating Plano's Citizens

The Plano Police Department sponsors the Citizen's Police Academy with the goal of educating the citizens of Plano on the operations of the Department. This is accomplished through a series of lectures and hands-on activities on Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. for twelve weeks.

The Citizen's Police Academy (CPA) is led by the Crime Prevention Unit, with all lectures and activities taught by Police Officers whose current assignments are directly involved in the policing activities covered in their segment of the academy. The CPA is conducted at the Plano-Richardson Police Training Center where the Plano and Richardson Police Agencies conduct their training. The equipment used during the CPA is the same equipment used to train police officers.

Who Can Attend

Citizens who reside or work in the City of Plano who:
  • Are over 18 years of age and out of high school
  • Possess a valid Texas driver's license
  • Successfully complete a background investigation.


  • 911 Operations
  • Burglary Investigation
  • Crime Prevention
  • Crimes Against Persons Investigation
  • Department Philosophy
  • Emergency Response Team Operations
  • Firearm Safety
  • Internal Affairs
  • K-9 Policing
  • Narcotics Enforcement
  • Neighborhood Policing
  • Recruiting, Ethics, and Training
  • Tactical Driving
  • Tactical Situation Response
  • Traffic and Patrol


Enrollment into the Citizens Police Academy is held two times a year: Spring and Fall. Our Fall classes will begin on Thursday, September 12, 2019 and end on Thursday, December 12, 2019. Class hours are from 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Due to our Fall Holiday schedule, classes will NOT be held on the following dates: October 31, 2019 and November 28, 2019.  Students missing more than four (4) sessions will dismissed from the class. Acceptance emails will be sent out in mid-August.

  • Register online for the next Citizens Police Academy.
    (We will begin accepting applications for our Fall 2019 classes on Monday, July 15, 2019. Thank you for your patience.)

Additional Information

For more information, email Sergeant Wes Gerig or call at (972) 941-2629. Watch a promotional video about the Citizen's Police Academy.