Citizens Academy

The Waukee Police Department's Citizens Academy is a 30-hour block of instruction designed to give the public a working knowledge of the practices, policies and procedures governing the Waukee Police Department. The academy consists of 10 three-hour sessions conducted on a weekly basis. Sessions incorporate an interactive format to provide participants with a hands-on experience whenever practical. Instructors are certified police officers, supervisors and other personnel with expertise in various areas.

2023 Academy:

The next program runs February 2 through April 13, 2023. Classes will be held Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. with no class held March 16.

Register here.

Questions? Call 515-978-7979.

Topics covered include:

  • History of the Waukee Police Department
  • Police professional standards and ethics
  • Police patrol tactics
  • Criminal law
  • Community policing
  • School Resource Officer (SRO) program and juvenile crime
  • Interview/interrogation process
  • Crime scene and evidence
  • Narcotic investigations and search warrants
  • Traffic stops/felony stops
  • Search warrant services and building searches
  • Use of force
  • Defensive tactics
  • ASP/Tazer
  • OWI investigations
  • Drug influence evaluation
  • Emergency communications-Dallas County Dispatch
  • Domestic violence
  • Firearms familiarization
  • Firearms safety
  • Range time (shooting)
  • F.A.T.S. machine (simulator)
  • Practical scenarios
citizens academy