Citizen Police Academy

Television shows like Cops and Law and Order make a decent attempt at depicting reality. But, if you really want to know the true reality of police work you should participate in the Idaho Falls Police Department's bi-annual Citizen's Police Academy.

This free class gives residents an inside look into the inter-working of law enforcement as they learn about traffic stops, accident investigations, DUI and traffic enforcement, crime scene investigations, K-9s, building searches, patrol tactics, the SWAT team and law enforcement partnerships.
Most importantly class participants will have the opportunity to meet police officers and hear first-hand about what it is like to work and serve with the IFPD.

Class Goals


The goals of the class are:
  • To allow the citizens to meet the men and women who serve.
  • To educate the citizens on the how's and why's concerning law enforcement.
  • To work with the citizens in solving problems and sharing ideas to help make Idaho Falls a better place to live.
For additional information please contact Community Projects Coordinator Joelyn Hansen at 208-612-8655, or email.

Current Session of Citizens Police Academy


To apply, please download the CPA Application and submit it to Joelyn Hansen via email, by fax at 208-612-8609, or by dropping it off at the Idaho Falls Police Station at 605 North Capital between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Session 43


  •  TBA
  • Every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (there are also 2 Saturday classes)
  • Location: Police Training Annex