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Citizens' Academy



Applications for the 2015 session of the North Las Vegas Police Department (NLVPD) Citizens’ Academy are not currently being accepted.

Enrollment for the 2014 session of the NLVPD Citizens’ Academy (September 3 through December 5) has ended.  Applications submitted after July 1, 2014 will be held for the 2015 session, which dates have not yet been scheduled.

The very popular Citizens’ Academy is designed to provide North Las Vegas residents with firsthand information and insight about their Police Department and its officers.  Participation in the Academy requires a commitment of one night a week for a 12-week period.  Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., during which participants experience a condensed version of the actual police academy.  The sessions are held at the Washburn Community Policing Facility located at 3755 W. Washburn (corner of Washburn and Allen).  A casual dress code will be imposed; no tank tops, halter tops, torn clothing or clothing with holes will be permitted.


The Academy is designed to increase understanding between citizens and the NLVPD through education.  Our intent is to acquaint citizens with law enforcement's role in the criminal justice system and provide increased understanding of the tasks police officers face in their daily work.  With better understanding, it becomes easier for police and citizens to find realistic solutions to neighborhood problems.


The instructors at each session are officers and personnel from the NLVPD who teach in their own areas of expertise.  Each has years of training and experience in the subject.  The officers also bring street experience into the classroom.

Areas of Study

The sessions include demonstrations by S.W.A.T. and K9, information about domestic violence and child abuse, the use of force, major crimes, patrol and investigations, judicial system proceedings, practical scenarios, shooting of various firearms at the range.

During the course of the sessions, Academy members will ride in a Patrol car for one shift to see firsthand what officers see and hear, and what they are trained to do under a variety of circumstances.

Throughout, participants are encouraged to ask questions and discuss topics with Department personnel.

How to Apply

Click here to fill out and submit an on-line application.  You will be notified if you are selected for the next session.*  There is no fee for the Academy.  If you are sending the application by mail, please use the following address:

North Las Vegas Police Department
c/o Citizens' Academy
3755 W. Washburn
North Las Vegas, NV  89031

*Applications submitted at this time will be collected and held for the next Academy session.

Selection Process

The NLVPD attempts to reflect the broadest possible range of people within our community; this includes young and old, men and women, and representatives of special ethnic, cultural and civic groups.  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have no felony, gross misdemeanor or misdemeanor convictions.

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