Citizens Police Academy

CPA students learn about emergency vehicle operation

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.

The goals of the class are:

  1. To allow the citizens to meet the men and women who serve.
  2. To educate the citizens on the how’s and why’s concerning law enforcement.
  3. 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 612-8655 or

Current Session of Citizens Police Academy

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

Session #42

Starts Aug. 16, 2016 and ends Oct. 4, 2016

Every Tuesday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm (there are also 2 Saturday classes)

Location: Police Training Annex – 740 Park Ave. – Idaho Falls

CPA students learn about fingerprinting