BPD Community Police Academy


We are committed to the concept of community oriented policing, which is a collaboration between police and citizens where the police no longer are the sole guardians of law and order. We encourage all members of our community to become active allies in the efforts to enhance the safety and quality of our neighborhoods. We are proud of our successes here in Brighton through partnerships and quality service to our community. Our goal would be that you are able to share that newly acquired knowledge with other citizens in the City.

We will update this page with more information when the date for the next Citizen's Academy has been determined.

The academy consists of a series of nine interactive classes and are offered at no cost to participants. All the Citizens’ Police Academy Instructors are current employees and represent every facet of Brighton Police Department. Our objective is not to train you to be a police officer, but rather to give you an up-close look that will allow you to become an informed citizen. Curriculum will include (subject to change depending on staff availability):

  • Overview of the Department and Patrol 
  • K-9 Unit 
  • Telecommunications (911) and Dispatch
  • Use of Force 
  • Explorer Program 
  • Narcotics Unit 
  • Criminal Investigations 
  • Victim Services Unit
  • School Resource Officer
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Firearms Training
  • High Risk Vehicle Stops
  • Emergency Vehicle Operation
  • Crime Scene Evidence and Processing

Individuals must be 18 and willing to have a background check conducted.  Applicants may not have been convicted for any major criminal offense.  Applicants need to be able to attend the majority of the classes.