Citizens' Academy

The U.S. Park Police will present their eighth annual Citizens’ Academy starting Wednesday, September 11, 2019. The classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and run through November 6, 2019 at the United States Park Police Anacostia Operations Facility located at 1901 Anacostia Drive, SE, Washington, DC 20019. Parking will be available on site and the Anacostia Metro Station is directly adjacent to the facility.

Attendees will meet and interact with officers, detectives, police trainers, and station commanders who will explain the United States Park Police organization, police procedures, and what it is like to be a police officer in our unique agency. Topics include: Use of Force, Community Policing, Investigations, Special Forces Operations, Radio Communications, Traffic Enforcement, and much more. The program consists of interactive small group sessions and hands on training at our Anacostia facility.

This nine-session course is offered by the Office of Workforce Development of the United States Park Police and is open to those who:

  • are U.S. citizens 18 years of age or older.
  • live or work in the National Capital Region,
  • pass a criminal history investigation.

Students must attend a minimum of seven of the nine sessions to receive a graduation certificate.

We will initiate a criminal history investigation for each applicant prior to the academy. Applicants may be rejected if they have a serious criminal conviction or USPP discovers evidence that they have misrepresented, omitted, or falsified any information.

The United States Park Police seeks to serve people from a wide variety of backgrounds when selecting participants in its Citizens’ Academy classes. It attempts to attract candidates of different ethnicities, professions, cultural backgrounds, orientations, age groups, and neighborhoods throughout the city so as to enrich class discussions and reach out to as many communities as possible. This academy will not offer the attendee reserve, auxiliary or cadet officer status. Our purpose for this academy is to open lines of communication, form stronger bonds, and establish cognitive and cooperative relationships with the communities we serve.

To apply, please email a completed application no later than September 1, 2019 to The link for the application is listed below. For any questions, or for information on registering for the class, please email us at

Citizens' Police Academy Application

Last updated: August 5, 2019