Citizens Police Academy

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022 Academy.

What is it like to be an officer in Castle Rock? Every year, we provide the residents of Castle Rock a chance to gain a better understanding of what law enforcement officers go through on a daily basis through the Citizens Police Academy. Participants engage in a combination of classroom and hands-on training.

Applications will be accepted until all spots are filled. Classes will mostly be held on Thursdays, from 6 to 10 pm, beginning April 7 through June 4, 2022. Graduation will take place on June 16. This unique free series is limited to 30 people, so don't delay. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

2002-Citizens Academy Graduation

Training Experience

The academy contains mini versions of the same types of training real officers go through. Participants learn or experience:

  • Community policing tactics
  • Crime scene processing and evidence collection
  • Education in federal, state and local laws
  • Graduation
  • Investigative procedures, including officer discretion relating to arrests
  • Self-defense / firearm safety
  • Traffic laws, accident investigation and drunken driving enforcement
  • Victim assistance services


The academy's goal is to build partnerships between Castle Rock residents and the officers who serve and protect them through a series of classes instructed by police officers. Residents interested in how the Castle Rock Police Department's policies and procedures work may email us or call Commander Lyons at 720-733-6016.