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Register Now for UK's Citizens Police Academy

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2021) — Participants in the University of Kentucky Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy (CPA) may not end up with a police badge, but they will gain a good understanding of law enforcement and university policing. This free series of 10 weekly classes returns Sept. 22 and runs through Dec. 1.

The mission of the Citizens Police Academy is to foster a more cohesive relationship between law enforcement officers and the campus community. Graduates will be able to share knowledge gained with others in the community, thereby helping others become more familiar with police practices. Each CitizensPolice Academy class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, in The 90. The academy is open to anyone inside or outside the university who is 18 years or older with no prior felony convictions. This includes students, employees and the public.

Registration for the Citizens Police Academy is open now and enrollment is based on a first-come, first-served basis. To register please go to To find more information about the Citizens Police Academy visit

The CPA will include instruction in law, firearms, DUI detection, canine, and self-defense, as well as other police related training. Course material will be presented through lecture, audio-visual aids, and interactive scenarios.

Prospective participants will be expected to complete a course application and submit to an electronic background check.

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