Community Police Academy

About the Academy
The Johnson County Community Police Academy works to promote a stronger relationship between law enforcement and the community it serves through education and hands-on learning. Law enforcement officers and guest instructors meet with participants once a week for eight weeks for classroom and hands-on instruction. 

Each student will have the opportunity to ride along with a patrol officer as they perform their duties. The ten weeks conclude with a graduation ceremony.

The forum of the Community Police Academy is not designed to stage a debate about police department policies, but rather to inform and answer questions that community members might have.

2024 Academy Details

Update: The 2024 program has been cancelled due to a low number of applications. Applicants will be contacted.

  • Mondays*, January 16-March 11, 2024 (*Note: the first session will be on Tuesday, January 16 due to the Iowa Caucuses)
  • 6:00-9:00 pm
  • Held at the Johnson County Emergency Communications Center, 4529 Melrose Ave., Iowa City (unless otherwise noted)
  • View the 2024 Community Police Academy brochure (download PDF)

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Contact Us

  1. Kyle Nicholson

    Investigations Lieutenant
    Community Relations
    1503 5th St.
    P.O. Box 5911
    Coralville, IA  52241

    Ph: 319.248.1800
    Fx: 319.248.1888

Training Topics

  • Bomb Squad
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Crisis intervention
  • Defensive tactics
  • Drug investigations
  • Firearms and use of force
  • Jail tour/reserve program
  • Johnson County Dive Team
  • K-9
  • OWI enforcement
  • Police officer selection and training
  • Rescue operations
  • S.W.A.T.
  • Taser

How to Apply
2024 Program
Updated January 12, 2024: The 2024 program has been cancelled due to a low number of applications. Those who applied will be contacted.

Participant Information
Due to limited class size, participants will be selected by application. Community members may not be enrolled in the program more than twice to ensure that those interested have a chance to participate.