Citizens Police Academy


Effective March 16, 2020, the Salem Police Department has suspended the Citizens Police Academy program in response to the COVID-19 guidelines set for our state. We look forward to the program returning in 2021. Check back for updates.

​Every April and September, up to 20 people can participate in the Salem Police Department's Citizens Police Academy. The purpose of the program is to enhance communication between the community and the police by providing an opportunity to understand police services, resources, policies, and procedures.


Some of the topics covered include:

  • Community crime prevention
  • Confrontation and firearms simulation
  • Dispatch and emergency communications system
  • Emergency vehicle operations
  • Internal affairs
  • Patrol and traffic control

Time commitment

  • 58 instructional hours over 14 weeks
  • Wednesday evening classes, usually from 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Three all-day Saturday classes

To graduate, you cannot miss more than three scheduled sessions.

Applicant requirements

  • 18 years old
  • Valid driver license
  • No felony convictions
  • No misdemeanor arrests in the 12 months prior to the academy
  • Live or work within the City of Salem

Application process and forms

You can contact the volunteer coordinator to have an application packet mailed to you, or you can print the materials from the links listed below and return them to the volunteer coordinator.

Citizen Police Academy Applicationcitizen-police-academy-application.pdf522 KB
Citizen Police Academy Background Check Formcitizen-police-academy-background-check-form.pdf521 KB
Citizen Police Academy Hold Harmless Agreementcitizen-police-academy-hold-harmless-agreement.pdf522 KB
Citizen Police Academy Student Agreementcitizen-police-academy-student-agreement.pdf522 KB

Contact us

Volunteer CoordinatorPolice Department
555 Liberty ST SE RM 130
Salem OR 97301
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