Citizens Police Academy

Information on the Citizen Police Academy

The Springfield Township Police Department began its first Citizens Police Academy in 1997. Since then, the program has graduated more than 170 engaged residents. The purpose of this program is to build a better understanding between citizens and the police through education and cooperation. The academy is not designed to and does not make the participants certified police officers.

The Citizens Police Academy consists of a 10-week program, meeting three hours a week on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Ranging from classroom-style learning with guest speakers to hands-on activities, Citizens Police Academy members are exposed to all aspects of police work.


All classes are taught by law enforcement professionals with the majority of instruction held at the Springfield Township Police Department, 1130 Compton Road. Classroom time includes presentations and information regarding police special operations, criminal investigations, basic law, narcotics investigations, accident investigations, domestic violence, police ethics, K-9 operations, and more.

Continuing Assistance

In 1998, a group of graduates from previous Citizens Police Academies formed the first known Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association in Hamilton County. This group is designed to continue to foster the relationship made during the citizen police academy, as well as to provide support and assistance to the Springfield Township Police Department. Graduates of the Citizens Police Academy will have opportunities for additional training and can become a member of the Citizens on Patrol.


If you are a township resident interested in participating in the next Citizens Police Academy, applications are available at the Police Department. Please submit the application to:

Springfield Township Police Department
1130 Compton Road
Cincinnati, OH 45231


Only participants who can dedicate the time to attend at least eight of the 10 sessions should apply. The requirements for participation are:
  • Resident of Springfield Township (Some exceptions will be made to non-residents on a case-by-case basis)
  • At least 21 years of age
  • No arrest record (minor traffic violations are excluded)
Please call Assistant Chief Rick Bley at 513-729-1300 with any questions.


Upon receipt, the Springfield Township Police Department will review all applications to determine which applicants are best suited for participation in the academy. All applications meeting the above criteria will be considered. The selection of participants is in the sole discretion of the Springfield Township Police Department and the Police Department reserves the right to disqualify, or remove from participation, any person it, in its sole discretion, deems not appropriate for, or disruptive to the academy.