2021 Regional Citizen Police Academy

The Sparks Police Department is offering residents a unique and exciting opportunity to experience life as a law enforcement officer.

The Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is a 10-week program designed to safely give participants the opportunity to learn more about duties, responsibilities, and day-to-day work of your local law enforcement officers.

The Academy starts October 12th, 2021.  Classes are every Tuesday night from 6pm-9pm at the Sparks Police Department located at 1701 E. Prater Way.  There are also two Saturday sessions from 8am-5pm to give students more opportunities for hands-on training and experiences. Graduation is scheduled for January 4th, 2022.

Topics taught during the CPA include Regional Gang Unit, OIS protocol, Body cameras, Firearms, Emergency Vehicle Operations, S.W.A.T., Dispatch, and K-9 Demonstrations. Participants will have a number of opportunities to engage in police-related training.

If you are interested in gaining more insight and knowledge about the noble profession of law enforcement, this is your chance. Class size is limited. When the Citizen Police Academy class size is reached, applicants will be notified and remain on a list for the following CPA.



  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Complete the written application
  • Pass a background check.


If you are ready to sign up for this exciting opportunity, click 2021 CPA Application to get the application.*  Email your completed application, and direct any questions to: Officer D. O’Connell (doconnell@cityofsparks.us)


*This is not an offer of employment, but rather a voluntary opportunity to learn more about the Sparks Police Department and the work we do on a daily basis to better serve our community.

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