Apply for the Citizen Police Academy

Are you interested in learning more about the Grand Rapids Police Department? Apply to participate in the Citizen Police Academy!

Online Form

Make sure you're eligible to apply

For each academy, the Grand Rapids Police Department seeks a diverse group of participants.

All participants must:

  • Live or work in the City of Grand Rapids
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have no prior felony convictions
  • Have no misdemeanor convictions within the last three years

Gather your information

You'll need this info to complete the application:

  • Driver’s License
  • 2 Character References - Name, Address, and Phone

Complete our application

We have an online application for the academy.

Complete the form in English

We’ll review your application

We'll review your application and then notify you of the outcome in writing. You can expect a response in 1-2 weeks. Keep in mind that submitting this form doesn't guarantee acceptance into the academy.

Paper Form

Make sure you're eligible to apply

For each academy, the Grand Rapids Police Department seeks a diverse group of participants.

All participants must:

  • Live or work in the City of Grand Rapids
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have no prior felony convictions
  • Have no misdemeanor convictions within the last three years

Gather your information

You'll need this info to complete the application:

  • Driver’s License
  • 2 Character References - Name, Address, and Phone

Download and print the paper application

Fill out the paper application.

Complete the form in English

Submit your completed paper application

You can mail, fax, or scan and email your finished application to us. Our info is in the Contact Us section of this page.

We’ll review your application

We'll review your application and then notify you of the outcome in writing. You can expect a response in 1-2 weeks. Keep in mind that submitting this form doesn't guarantee acceptance into the academy.

Phone

Call us for instructions

You can find our number in the Contact Us section of this page. We’ll get you all the information you need to apply to the Police Citizens Academy. We don’t take applications over the phone, but we’ll make sure you have everything you need to get approved.

In Person

Make sure you're eligible to apply

For each academy, the Grand Rapids Police Department seeks a diverse group of participants.

All participants must:

  • Live or work in the City of Grand Rapids
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have no prior felony convictions
  • Have no misdemeanor convictions within the last three years

Gather your information

You'll need this info to complete the application:

  • Driver’s License
  • 2 Character References - Name, Address, and Phone

Visit our office

We are located in the Police Department and our address is listed in the Contact us section.

We’ll review your application

We'll review your application and then notify you of the outcome in writing. You can expect a response in 1-2 weeks. Keep in mind that submitting this form does not guarantee acceptance into the academy.