The Chandler Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy is a free program designed for Chandler’s citizens and business community members. It provides an inside look at their Police Department and law enforcement operations. The Citizens Police Academy is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the operations and resources of the Chandler Police Department. In addition, participants will interact with police executives, veteran officers, and civilian employees during the academy. The goal of the Citizens Police Academy is to provide a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement’s role in our community.


The Citizens Police Academy is NOT the police recruit academy

Please visit the careers section or the City of Chandler Human Resources Division if you are interested in applying to be a police recruit.

Course curriculum may include: 

  • An overview of the PD
  • Gangs/Drugs
  • Field Training (FTO)
  • Robbery/Homicide
  • Sex Crimes
  • Forensics
  • D.U.I.
  • Traffic Laws
  • Tactical Operations – SWAT
  • K-9 Unit
  • Firearms Unit
  • Police Communications – Dispatch
  • Human Sex Trafficking
  • Use of Force
  • Vehicular Crimes (VCU)
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Eligibility Requirements:

Potential candidates for the Citizens Police Academy must meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years of age at the time of application
  • Reside in or work in the City of Chandler
  • Attend a school or be an applicant in the City of  Chandler
  • No prior felony arrests
  • No misdemeanor arrests within five years of the application
  • Each candidate will have a background check conducted by the police department

The Chandler Police Department reserves the right to deny applications and acceptance to any applicant.

Graduation Standards:

  • No more than two (2) absences
  • One 5-hour ride-along with a Chandler Police Officer or
  • One 4-hour shift observing in Dispatch
  • Adhere to the informational goals established for the academy
The Department offers two 11-week academies per year with 25-30 people in each Citizens Police Academy class. 


    • The Spring 2024 cohort begins February 21, 2024 and runs through May 8, 2024. Registration is now closed.
    • The next session is scheduled for August 21 – October 30, 2024. Registration will open June 3, 2024.


20-2028 Citizens Police Academy brochure

Location:  All classes meet at the Chandler Police Department – 250 E Chicago St.  This is subject to change.
Days:          Wednesday nights 
Times:        6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Please get in touch with Crime Prevention Specialist Blanca Quezada at (480) 782-4960 or email her at
updated: 02/29/2024 bq