Citizens Police Academy

The Citizens Police Academy is an educational citizen-involved activity designed by the Olivette, Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Frontenac, and Town & Country Police Departments. The goal of this academy is promote understanding between the community's residents and its police officers regarding their respective needs and problems. By promoting this relationship, citizens and police can work together to make the community a safer place to live.

The Citizens Police Academy is a unique opportunity to educate the public about the criminal justice system and provide insight into everyday police work. The Citizens Academy is designed to give the public a chance to observe and understand law enforcement through a hands-on approach. Entrance into this program is by application only. A record check will be completed on each applicant.

Several areas of police training will be covered during the 9-week Academy.  Some of these topics will include Constitutional and criminal law, the use of force, investigations, and traffic safety.  Role-playing scenarios will be used to reinforce the learning process and give participants a chance to experience some "real life" police situations.  Finally, applicants will be afforded the opportunity to ride along with police officers to observe firsthand the daily challenges faced by police officers.

Community involvement is the key to a successful Academy program. Citizens Academy graduates will not become police officers, however they will have a greater understanding of law enforcement and a community partnership will be established.

Academy classes meet once a week for 9 weeks in the Spring; however, you may submit your application at any time.  Applications are available by clicking here, or by contacting the Olivette Police Department (In order to use the fillable form, it is best to use Internet Explorer or Chrome) . For more information, please contact Sergeant Mike Wayt at 314-983-5242, or Sergeant Ranile Robins at 314-983-5250,

Because of limited class size, it is best to apply early.