Community Police Academy

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in law enforcement?

          - If so, our Community Police Academy is for you!

The Kirkland Police Department invites Kirkland residents and business owners to participate in the annual Community Police Academy. A dynamic, six-week series meant to give academy participants a firsthand look at the inner-workings of the Kirkland Police Department. Please check back here for updates on when the next Community Police Academy will take place, along with information on how to apply for this exciting, free opportunity to get to know your law enforcement professionals. 

The Kirkland Community Police Academy is in-person for 2021!



2021 Class Information

We will be limited to 12 participants to ensure participants are able to have an enriching experience.

Classes are held on Wednesdays.  They begin promptly at 6pm and will go until 9pm.

The Community Police Academy is a six week program.  Due to the limited space in the class, participants must be able to commit to attending each week within the six-week program.

We will be following CDC guidelines for in-person meetings.

There is no cost to academy participants.


The Community Police Academy is a fascinating, six-week program designed to give Kirkland community members and business owners a working knowledge of the Kirkland Police Department. The instruction is comprehensive, raw and captivating. Each week focuses on a different area of the department, including:

  • New Laws Update
  • Mental Health Program
  • School Resource Officer Program
  • De-Escalation
  • Use of Force
  • SWAT
  • Less Lethal
  • Investigations
  • Pro-Act
  • Traffic
  • Evidence
  • K9

The academy is taught by Kirkland police officers and other department personnel, each showcasing their individual areas of expertise. The instruction typically combines in-class lectures with hands-on activities including exhilarating live training simulations and the opportunity to investigate a mock “crime scene.”


To provide an opportunity for educating and building positive police relations with community members on an on-going basis; to promote community-Kirkland Police cooperation, understanding, and goodwill.

To gain support for police and to encourage community members to partner with law enforcement to assist in making our community a safer place to live.

To offer community members a better understanding of police functions, how policies are developed, the decision-making process, and what an officer experiences on a day to day basis.

To address community member concerns and perceptions about police officers.

Participant Requirements

Community Police Academy participants must be at least 21 years of age, must live or work in Kirkland and have no prior felony convictions.

Academy objectives include enhancing police-community relationships, encouraging Kirkland residents to partner with law enforcement to help make Kirkland a safer place, and to provide residents with a greater understanding of police functions.

Participant Selection Process

Community Police Academy participants are selected by an application review and a routine records check. Applications will be available online with an online submission process. Notification of acceptance will be made via telephone or email.


The series concludes with an official graduation ceremony in which academy participants are awarded a certificate of completion signed by Police Chief Cherie Harris.  


The Community Police Academy is a one-of-a-kind experience that attendees find infinitely rewarding. Your new knowledge and understanding of law enforcement and the level of honor and commitment behind the badge will remain with you forever!