Citizens Academy

Currently accepting waitlist applications only.

Zionsville Police Department Citizens Academy

The Zionsville Police Department is proud to provide a unique opportunity for citizens to attend training classes covering the operation of the department and to experience a window into some of the training required to become a police officer.

In today’s world, citizens can have an inaccurate view of the profession of law enforcement. Some of these views are shaped by exposure to news reports, Hollywood movies and fictional television shows. It is our expectation to provide an accurate view of the real world of law enforcement for our participants.

This eight-week academy is focused on educating citizens about the Zionsville Police Department, the organization, operations and role in the community. Class participants will gain an understanding of police department responsibilities, laws, and department procedures that govern its operation. The goal of the academy is to continue to develop the partnership between citizens and your local law enforcement agency.

2021 Police Citizens Academy Training Outline

Training Topics

  • History and orientation of the organizational structure
  • Tour of the police department
  • Criminal investigations/narcotics overview
  • Crime scene investigations
  • Police recruiting and training
  • School resource officers
  • Police K9 overview and demonstration
  • Crime lab/evidence overview and demonstration
  • Crime prevention and awareness
  • Traffic/OWI and accident reconstruction
  • Use of force/defensive tactics
  • Bike Patrol overview and demonstration
  • Firearms/active shooter overview
  • Emergency vehicle operations and functions

A four-hour ride along with an officer will also be scheduled outside of class time. This is an excellent opportunity for you to see firsthand what the job of a police officer entails.

ZPD Citizens Academy 2021


To apply, complete the application and email it to Lieutenant Bradley Kiefer at Applications will close on October 18 or after the first 20 applications have been received. 

Note: we are currently accepting waitlist applications only.

Classes are taught by members of the police department, many of which are certified law enforcement instructors. Our Citizens Academy is open to all Zionsville residents or persons who work in the Zionsville Community who are 18 years old or older. Applicants with a felony criminal history will not be accepted. Limited misdemeanor history will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Participation in the Citizens Academy is at the discretion of the Chief of Police.