The Huntsville Police Department Citizens Police Academy gives citizens first-hand information on how and why the Department operates, and examining the culture of police work and the organization. It provides an excellent opportunity for the citizens to interact with Department members.  The Citizens Police Academy is NOT an offer of employment, but a volunteer program to educate those respected members of our community who want to hear information on law enforcement and the Huntsville Police Department.

The Citizens Police Academy is a 9-week program offered each spring and fall that gives our community members first-hand information on the role of police officers in the Huntsville Police Department. The students meet every Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The program involves both classroom and interactive instruction.


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


  • 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.  In addition, attendees must wear appropriate attire and present a neat and clean appearance.  Business casual dress is mandatory.


Citizens Academy Application

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