Citizen's Police Academy

The Citizens Police Academy is a 16 week program designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Odessa Police Department. Each session consists of a weekly class that meets at the Odessa Police Headquarters. The instruction is comprehensive; each week different units within the Department are covered whose goal is to educate the public about the Odessa Police Department and to increase the rapport between citizens and police officers.

Our hope is that graduates from the Citizens Police Academy become more aware and better informed about how the Police Department operates, and will encourage friends, coworkers and families to join the Odessa Police Department in this community program.

There is no registration fee and the Odessa Police Department will provide all classroom materials.Citizen Academy Logo

Registration & Questions

The Odessa Police Department is currently accepting applications through August 27th, 2021 for classes that will begin in September of 2021, if interested, you can fill out the Citizen's Police Academy Application & Waiver here.  

For further questions, please contact Lieutenant Sammy Berzoza by email or by calling 432-335-5726.

Odessa Citizen's Police Academy Participant Standards

  1. Section 1: Admission
  2. Section 2: Attendance
  3. Section 3 Participant Dress Code
  4. Section 4: Classroom Demeanor
  5. Section 5: Participant Dismissal

Admission Standards

Applicant admission standards for acceptance in the Odessa Police Department's Citizen Police Academy are:

  1. A Citizen's Police Academy Enrollment Form must be fully completed and submitted before an acceptance evaluation can be determined.
  2. All applicants will undergo a criminal history background evaluation; all applicants who will be attending must be free of adverse or serious criminal history information. Individuals possessing a felony conviction will be denied attendance. The Odessa Police Department reserves the right to deny an applicant based on adverse information obtained from the criminal history background.
  3. Once all application requirements are satisfied and an acceptance evaluation is completed, a letter of confirmation will be sent to all invited participants.