What is Citizen Police Academy?

The Gulfport Police Department recognizes that education has been most effective in gaining understanding and support from the community. In a time when certain parts of society have created doubts, misconceptions, and uncertainties, we must stand united to rewrite the narrative.

This is a call to action. Envision yourself as a catalyst, an agent of change within the very fabric of your community. Upon the completion of the academy, you will carry not only the wisdom of insight but also the torch of responsibility. Armed with knowledge and understanding, you will become a liaison, a bridge that connects law enforcement and society, dismantling barriers and nurturing understanding at every turn.

Mission of the Academy

The purpose of the Citizen Police Academy is to foster better communication between citizens and police through education. The Academy will create a nucleus of well-informed citizens who possess greater insight into police practices and services. Graduates of the Academy can share their knowledge and experiences with the community as the opportunity arises. Everyone benefits from enhancing citizen understanding of the role and function of their police department. Course Description Instruction consists of one 2-hour class held each week for a duration of four weeks. This instruction is comprehensive, covering a different area of the Division of Police each week. Certified police officers, supervisors, and civilian instructors with particular expertise will conduct each topic. Classes are limited to 30 citizen attendees. All classes are free.

Who may attend the Academy?

  • Any interested citizen who resides or works in the City of Gulfport is encouraged to attend. Citizens involved with the Gulfport community in some way, such as youth involvement, neighborhood watch, and neighborhood groups are very important to the Academy.
  • Citizens 18 years of age or older.
  • Citizens with no prior felony convictions.

When is the Academy?

The Gulfport Citizen Police Academy is held twice a year: Spring and Fall

  • Spring Session: TBD
  • Fall Session: November 2, 9, and 16, at 6:00 p.m. (must attend a three-part class)

How do I apply to the Citizen Police Academy?

You can print the application here.
*Note: This is not an application for Police Recruit. Go to the Employment section of our website for information on becoming a police officer.

For more information, please contact:

Tiffany Power
Community Relations Division
Gulfport Police Department
(228) 868-5703