Boise PD to give citizens a behind-the-scenes look at police work

Posted at 11:11 AM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 13:57:55-05

BOISE, Idaho — The Boise Police Department has announced another upcoming round of classes of the Department’s Citizen Police Academy.

“The CPA invites community members to participate in a series of classroom lessons, tours, experiences and discussions designed to expand community knowledge about the Boise Police Department,” according to a BPD news release.

This behind-the-scenes look at some of the Boise Police Department’s programs is intended to spark conversation among participants and to help people better understand the role law enforcement plays in the Boise community.

Sessions include class presentations from patrol, neighborhood and community policing, DUI and traffic enforcement officers. It will also cover subjects such as stress law enforcement officers face, critical incident overviews, K-9 demonstrations, use of force, narcotics and gang units, crime scene investigations, crime lab procedures, domestic violence, the victim witness program, mental health programs, opioid education, the functions of school resource officers, and more.

Selected applicants will also be invited to participate in field excursions to the emergency vehicle operations track, the Boise police shooting range and training facility, the Ada County Jail, and the Ada County Dispatch center.

The academy starts April 1st and runs through May 20th.

Classes are held each Wednesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Two classes will be held on Saturdays (Range and EVOC driving) on May 2nd and May 16th.

For more information, you can e-mail:

To apply to attend the sessions:

You must be at least 18 years of age or a 2019-2020 high school senior.
You must live OR work within the City of Boise.
You must be free from any recent major or habitual violations of the law.
You must not have been convicted of a felony.

Completed applications must be received by February 3, 2020.

You can download an application at:

(photo courtesy: Boise Police Dept.)