What is Citizen Police Academy?

The Gulfport Police Department recognizes that education has been most effective in gaining understanding and support from the community. The Citizen Police Academy offers citizens insights into how police officers perform their duties and how the department serves the community.

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: April on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m.
  • Fall Session: October on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m.

Course Curriculum


April 7, 2020- Week 1 – Introduction/Patrol Operations/Special Events

6:00-6:10 PM               Welcome & Academy Agenda

6:10-6:50 PM               Chief & Command Staff

6:50-7:00 PM               Break

7:00-7:30 PM               Patrol Operations

7:30-8:00 PM               Special Event

April 14, 2020 – Week 2 – CID/Forensics/Narcotics

6:00-6:30 PM              Criminal Investigations Unit

6:30-6:50 PM              Forensics

6:50-7:00 PM              Break

7:00-7:30 PM              Narcotics

7:30-8:00 PM             Tour of the Station

April 21, 2020 – Week 3 – SWAT/K9

6:00-6:30 PM             Swat

6:30-6:40 PM             Break / Transition

6:40-7:00 PM             SWAT Demonstration

7:00-7:20 PM             K9

7:20-7:30 PM             Break / Transition

7:30-8:00 PM             Use of Force

April 28, 2020 – Week 4 – FATS/Graduation

 6:00-7:30 PM             Hands-On Firearms Simulation

7:30-8:00 PM              Graduation

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 Powers
Community Relations Division
Gulfport Police Department