Citizens Police Academy

The La Crosse Police Department Citizens’ Police Academy is a 10-week course for citizens, taught by Police Officer instructors, with the goal of helping participants to understand how the Police Department functions on a daily basis.

Participants attend one three-hour class each week, with each class focusing on a specific area of instruction including:

  • Introduction to the Department and brief overview of the four Bureaus, a short department tour, and some basic information on what it takes to become a Police Officer.
  • Presentation and tour of the La Crosse County Emergency Dispatch Center and jail.
  • Experience driving the department police squads; using hand-held speed detection laser; firing department-issued weapons; dusting for fingerprints; and submitting others to Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) and Defense and Arrest Tactics (DAAT).
  • Participation in Use of Force scenarios and other training models.
  • Opportunity to attend a ride-along with an Officer.

Classes average around 25 participants and the Academy has been very well received!