The Huntsville Police Department Citizens Police Academy gives citizens firsthand information on HPD operations and examines the culture of police work and the organization. It provides an excellent opportunity for citizens to interact with law enforcement. The Citizens Police Academy is NOT an offer of employment but a volunteer program to educate members of our community who want to hear information on law enforcement and the Huntsville Police Department.

The academy is a nine-week program that involves classroom and interactive instruction. During our 2023 Citizen Academy, students will meet every Tuesday from May 2 until July 5 from 6-9 p.m.

For more information, contact the Huntsville Police Academy at 256-746-4409.


  • Must be at least 19 years of age
  • Be a resident, college student or business owner in the City of Huntsville
  • No prior felony convictions
  • No outstanding warrants
  • No pending criminal cases

Cameras, recording devices and weapons (regardless of whether you have a pistol permit) are prohibited while attending the Huntsville Citizens Police Academy. Also, attendees must wear appropriate attire and present a neat and clean appearance. Business casual dress is mandatory.


  • Structure of the Huntsville Police Department
  • Civil and Criminal Law
  • Community Policing
  • Precinct Operation
  • Communications (911 Center)
  • K-9
  • SWAT
  • Domestic Violence
  • Narcotics/Gangs


Ready to get started? Complete Your Application 

40 applications will be accepted for the Summer 2023 class.

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