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Citizen Police Academy

Next session: fall 2023

We invite you to participate in our Citizen Police Academy to learn about the Raytown Police Department and how we operate. CPA instructors are law enforcement officers and employees who actually perform the work. This 8-week program is a great way to learn about the various functions of the police department and why officers act in certain ways. We believe that informed, educated residents will help us create a safer community for everyone. If you’ve ever wondered how policing works, how officers are trained, or about crime in our community, then the Citizen Police Academy is for you! 

Classes include presentations on use of force, search & seizure, crisis negotiations, crisis intervention, crime analysis, SWAT, public relations, and many others! We also incorporate interactive activities such as role playing exercises, tour of the police station including police vehicles, and the opportunity to participate in a ride along with a Raytown officer. 

There is no cost to attend. Classes are held every Wednesday night from 6:15-8:30 pm from September 20th to November 1st. 


To participate, click below and fill out the application to hold your spot. You must complete and return the Release Agreement, found here (it will download) and the Ride Along form that can be found here. The application and both documents must be completed by the registration deadline of September 13th, 2023. The Release Agreement and Ride Along form may be returned by email to or uploaded with your application.


Seats are limited so act now! 


Locations vary depending on program activity; once you complete the application process, we will provide location information for each session.


For any questions, please EMAIL

Eligibility Requirements
  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older to participate

  • Be in good standing in the community

  • Must pass a thorough background check

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