Citizens' Police Academy

The Lansing Police Department Citizens' Police Academy is a 33-hour course of instruction designed to provide the public a working knowledge of the Police department's personnel, work group functions, policies and other job specific practices.

The Academy consists of a series of classes held once a week for 3 hours. The classes will cover basic knowledge, skills and abilities required of officers and the resources they use to perform their work in many different assignments and work groups. The instruction is not designed to be comprehensive of the entire policing discipline.

Topics Covered

Attendees of the academy will be exposed to many different topics, including training, communications, criminal investigations, patrol, policies, crime prevention, volunteer services, facilities, specialized equipment, and specialized units. Emphasis is placed on the Patrol Division as this is the largest division, most visible division and the one the public has the most contact. Instruction and presentations covering all topics will be conducted through a blend of lectures, demonstrations, tours and physical interaction, to engage all adult learning styles.

Who May Attend

Anyone 18 years of age and above who lives or works within the City of Lansing is encouraged to apply.


The Lansing Citizens' Police Academy is designed to provide attendees with information about the people, assignments, equipment, policies, law and overall operation of the Department. Our hope is that the instruction will dispel misconceptions, eliminate speculation and increase police/community rapport through this educative process. The Department, in turn, offers a service to the community and becomes more aware of public concerns and misunderstandings. The goal is to ensure interested citizens possess a greater understanding of what is involved with policing in today's environment.

How to Apply

Complete the four page Citizens' Police Academy Application, Statement of Understanding, Ride-Along Observer Application, and Waiver of Liability and Covenant Not to Sue forms. 

You may click the pdf link listed below, complete and print the application and submit by US Mail at the address listed below: 

Lansing Police Department
c/o Officer Kasha Osborn, Citizens' Police Academy
120 West Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933


You may complete click the link below, complete, submit, and print the online version of the application.

If you have questions, Officer Kasha Osborn, Community Services Unit at 517-483-6812.