About the Academy

The Citizen's Police Academy is a twelve-week program designed to give citizens a working knowledge of the West Monroe Police Department. Each session consists of weekly classes that meet at various locations .  Classes are held in the Spring and Fall each year. The Spring 2024 academy is full.  The dates for the Fall academy will be announced this summer.

The purpose of the Citizen's Police Academy is to improve the relationship between the police and the community through communication and education. There is no financial cost to attend the academy.  


The instruction gives citizens a knowledge of the job of a police officer with the West Monroe Police Department.  The topics covered include the following: Patrol, Detectives, Crime Scene, Evidence, Crash Reconstruction, K-9, SWAT, Use of Force, DWI Investigations, Street Crimes, Metro Narcotics, 9-1-1 Operations and Communications, Community Police, School Resource Programs, Shooting Simulator, Ouachita Homeland Security,  West Monroe Fire Department, Records, and Mental Health. 


The West Monroe Police Department sponsors the Citizen's Police Academy with the goal of educating attendees on the operations of the Department. This is accomplished through lecture, demonstrations, hands on activities, and tours, Attendees will have an opportunity to ride along with a police officer as part of the experience, 

See the Academy in Action

To see the academy in action, please visit our photo gallery.


  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Not have been convicted of a felony
  • Not on probation
  • Submit to a background check
  • Be willing to commit to the twelve weeks

Click here to sign up for the Academy

For questions pertaining to the Citizen's Police Academy contact:

Captain C. J. Beck

West Monroe Police Department

Community Police Division

2301 N. 7th Street                                                       

West Monroe, Louisiana 71291

(318) 396-2722, ext. 1253