NEW! Applications are now being accepted for the January 2016 Citizen Academy!

  • Applications are now being accepted for the Citizen Academy planned to begin on January 5, 2016.  The academy will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and graduation is currently scheduled for April 12, 2016 (15 week academy).
  • Applications are being accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Please note that the class is very popular and with a class limit of 40 participants, the class can fill up fast.  The August 2015 class is already full.
  • Once the session is full, all other applications will be held for potential enrollment in future Citizen Academy classes.

What is the Citizen Academy?

The Citizen Academy has been in existence since 1994 and serves to increase resident awareness of the function of the police department.  Participants will learn about topics relative to the role of the police officer in their community.   During a 15 week academy, residents are instructed on such topics as criminal law, Maryland traffic law, and  investigations.  Participants are required to attend 12 of the 15 classes to be eligible for graduation.  There is often a waiting list to accommodate participant requests.

Who can apply?

The Citizen Academy is open to anyone 18 years of age or older who either lives or works in Montgomery County. All applicants will be subjected to a background check.

What is the cost?

Free! The only cost to participants is their time.

What topics will be covered in the academy?

  • Canine Demonstration
  • Collision Reconstruction Unit
  • Conflict Negotiations
  • Crime Lab
  • Crime Prevention
  • Criminal Law/Search & Seizure
  • Drug Investigation/CDS Identification
  • DUI/Underage Drinking
  • Emergency Communications Center
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Firearm Safety
  • Forensic Services
  • Internal Affairs Division
  • Major Crimes
  • Maryland Traffic Law
  • Scams and Fraud

The Academy also offers optional classes/tours  including:

  • CPR Class
  • Detention Center
  • Emergency Communications Center

Students are also encouraged to participate in the Department’s Ride-Along Program.

Where are the classes held?

The Citizen Academy is held at the Public Safety Training Academy, 9710 Great Seneca Highway, Rockville.

When are the classes held?

Classes are offered one night a week from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. for 15 consecutive weeks. Three sessions are offered per year.

How do I apply?

Fill out the application form and mail at to the address listed on the form.

Further questions?

If you are interested in learning more about the Citizen Academy, contact 240-773-6900.

To go to the Citizen Academy Alumni Association, please click here.