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BPD offers two police academies for the citizens of Bloomington. The Citizens Police Academy and the Teen Academy.

About Citizens' Police Academy

The Citizen's Police Academy is designed to educate citizens about the operation, methods and goals of the BPD to enhance communication and understanding between the community and the police. BPD staff will provide instruction in areas including patrol techniques, criminal investigations, Operating While Intoxicated enforcement, vehicle stops, domestic violence, officer safety issues, drug enforcement, defensive tactics and firearms training.

Participants will learn how cases are handled by police and how those cases proceed through the Criminal Justice System. Attendees who successfully complete the required coursework will be provided an opportunity to ride with a police officer in a patrol assignment prior to graduation.

There is no cost for the program. Class size is limited to 25 and participants must be a minimum of 18 years of age. Background checks will be conducted on all applicants.

Application form

Download the application here. Paper applications are also available at the Bloomington Police Department.

Applications submitted electronically can be sent to You may also mail an application to the Bloomington Police Department, Attn: Steven Kellams, 220 E. 3rd St., Bloomington, IN 47401 or you may drop them off in person during regular lobby hours, M-F 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

About the Teen Academy

This program is designed to introduce teens age 13 - 17 to law enforcement in general and specifically the Bloomington Police Department. The course is typically held the last week of July. Each day will run from 8am - 5pm at the Public Safety Training Center located at 3230 S. Walnut Street. The academy will be based on lectures, demonstrations and interactive events designed to entertain, engage, and instruct teenagers.

The 2018 Teen Academy will run from Monday July 23rd - Friday July 27th.

The course will be taught by a number of officers ranging in age and experience from senior officers with over 25 years experience to brand new officers who have just completed training. The course will be limited to 60 students. The cost for the Teen Academy is 25 dollars (scholarships are available).

Application Form

You can download the application and waiver by clicking on the attachment below. You may also pick up the registration and information packet at the Bloomington Police Department, 220 E. Third Street. Registration forms must be returned to the Bloomington Police Department no later then the first Friday in July. If you have any questions regarding the academy please feel free to contact Capt. Steven Kellams at the Bloomington Police Department (812) 339-4477 or by email at

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the Teen Academy.