Citizen's Academy

The United States Park Police will present their Citizens’ Academy starting Wednesday, September 20th, 2017. The classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and run through November 15, 2017 at the United States Park Police Anacostia Operations Facility located at 1901 Anacostia Drive SW, Washington, DC. 20019.

Investigators, trainers, station commanders and officers will explain the United States Park Police organization and police procedures. Attendees will observe what it is like to be a United States Park Police Officer. Topics include: Use of Force, Investigations, Special Forces operations, radio communications, emergency response, and much more.

This nine-week course is offered by the Training Branch 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; or are the parents, partners, or spouses of employees of the United States Park Police and the National Park Service,
  • pass a background check.

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

The United States Park Police seeks to serve people from a wide variety of backgrounds when selecting participants in its Citizens’ Academy classes. We are seeking candidates of different ethnicities, professions, cultural backgrounds, orientations, age groups, and neighborhoods throughout the National Capital Region so as to enrich class discussion and reach out to as many communities as possible. This academy is to: educate the public as to what the United States Park Police do in the community, open the lines of communication between the Force and the community, and form stronger bonds and establish cognitive and cooperative relationships with the communities we serve.

More information can be obtained by contacting USPP Force Training Officer Lt. A. Stone at For any questions or for information on registering for the class, please contract the United States Park Police Training Branch at (202) 610-3525.

Please click here to download the application.