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City of Bloomington, Indiana

Thank you for your interest in the Citizens' Police Academy

Training for the Citizens' Police Academy began on September 5, 2017. Stay tuned for future opportunities to apply for the program. 


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.