DPS Citizens Academy

The Police and Fire Departments enjoy working with our citizen volunteers.  Their time and dedication to our agency is invaluable along with the relationships and friendships that are created.   

The first step in being able to volunteer with the Police or Fire Departments is to complete the Southlake DPS Citizens Academy.  

What is Citizens Academy? 

DPS Citizens Academy is designed to provide members of the community with a working knowledge of the Police and Fire Departments. SDCA students gain valuable insight into each department while having fun and meeting new people. 

When is Citizens Academy offered?

Our DPS Citizens Academy #21 is full.  If you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact Renni or Valerie. The academy starts on Thursday, September 8th and ends on Thursday, November 3rd. 

Our DPS Citizens Academy #22 starts in September of 2017.

How long is the Citizens Academy?

Classes meet once a week for approximately 10 weeks from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm.  Two class activities are scheduled on a Saturday from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
At the conclusion of Citizens Academy, members participate in a graduation ceremony. Successful completion is simply your attendance in the classes, there are no mid-terms or final exams!

Once you complete the Citizens Academy, graduates are invited to continue volunteering in the Police or Fire Departments.  Please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page for additional ways you can offer your time and assistance to the departments.

What classes are offered in the Citizens Academy?

Citizens attending the academy learn about fire and police operations and perform many hands-on activities that include:

Weapons demonstrations at the firing range
Participation in a controlled burn
Use of police and fire equipment
Ride Out with a police officer and firefighter

How do I register for an upcoming Citizens Academy?

Space is limited to approximately 20 members per Academy, so submit your application early.  

CLICK HERE for the Citizens Academy application.  Once completed, you can email, mail or drop off your application.

When is the next class?

Our 2016 DPS Citizens Academy #21 is full at this time.  Please contact Renni or Valerie if you would like to be added to the wait list for the 2016 class.  The class starts on Thursday, September 8th and will end on Thursday, November 3rd. 

The DPS Citizens Academy #22 will start in September of 2017.