Citizen Police Academy
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 of Eugene residents to learn more about law enforcement and how their local police department works.
This academy is not designed to train individuals to be police officers, but rather to educate City of Eugene residents, who wish to learn about their community’s police department.
Citizen’s Police Academy participants learn about a variety of topics within the police department and some examples are below:
- Animal Welfare
- 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
- Forensics and Property Control Units
- Internal Affairs and Police Auditor
- K-9 Unit
- Lane County Jail Tour
- Organizational Overview
- Police Officer Training
- Street Crimes Unit
- SWAT Team
- Traffic Safety Unit
- Volunteers in Policing
The 2023 academy will be held Wednesday March 8th – Wednesday May 10th. It is a 10-week program with classes on Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and a few Saturdays, tentatively from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. To be considered to participate in this academy, applicants must commit to attending every session.
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.
City of Eugene resident is defined as someone who lives in the incorporated area of Eugene. You can confirm this by following the attached link and then entering your address to determine residency: https://www.eugene-or.gov/944/Community-Engagement-Team.
The academy is offered free of charge.