Citizens' Police Academy

The Citizens’ Police Academy  is a multi-week program conducted once each year with an average of 20 - 25 attendees. This year we are hosting the 15th annual Academy. The program is designed to familiarize Citizens with the “how/what/why” of Police procedures, and provide an opportunity to interact and ask questions of local law enforcement. Latino Citizen's Academy is a similar program, with all classes conducted in Spanish. The Citizens’ Academies do their best to reflect current themes and topics, and encourage discussion of how the Police operate in general.

2023 Citizen's Academy Schedule

All classes take place from 6 - 8:30 PM

Class 1: September 11

  • Chief Daly - State of the Police Department & Crime in Avon
  • Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), participants will have hands on experience investigating a crime scene

Class 2: September 18

  • Drug Recognition and DUI enforcement, participants will learn how to evaluate the sobriety of an individual and perform tests on an intoxicated person

Class 3: September 25

  • S.W.A.T. – Participants will learn about the Eagle County Special Operations Unit
  • Self Defense – Participants will be taught basic self-defense techniques

Class 4: October 2

  • Firearms Training Simulator (FATS), participants will be given computer simulation of shoot or don’t shoot situations and be required to react as a police officer in compliance with the use of force policy

Class 5: October 9

  • Courtroom presentation and Eagle County Sheriffs Office Victims Advocates 

Class 6: October 16

  • Defensive driving training. Participants will have the opportunity to drive a marked patrol vehicle equipped with lights and sirens through a driving course set up by the driving instructor.

Class 7: October 23

  • Vail Public Safety Communications Center (VPSCC) presentation.

Class 8: October 30

  • An evening with firearms instructors at the firing range. Graduation.
 To apply for Citizen's Academy, complete an application and return it to Officer Alan Hernandez.