Citizens Police Academy

The City of Carbondale Police Department offers the Citizens Police Academy (CPA) for those wanting to get a first-hand look at the work the officers perform on a daily basis. The CPA is designed to develop positive relationships with the police and the community through education. Participants will gain an appreciation of the problems and challenges facing law enforcement.

The Academy is divided into two classes: Basic and Advanced. Each class consists of five sessions. The CPA is free and open to anyone over the age of 18.

Basic Academy

The Basic Academy focuses on an overview of the Police Department's organization, low-level patrol tactics, and an introduction to investigations and crime scenes.

Advanced Academy

The Advanced Academy consists of higher-level patrol tactics, traffic stops, an overview of the Bomb Squad, firearms familiarization, and a court proceedings presentation. This class is open to those who have completed the Basic class or prior Advanced graduates.


The Carbondale Police Department is currently taking applications for the Citizens Police Academy. The Spring 2023 Basic Academy classes will be held from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on 02/08/23, 02/15/23, 02/22/23, 03/01/23, and 03/08/23. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 6, 2023.

The Advanced Academy will consist of higher-level patrol tactics and traffic stops, use of force simulations, and firearms familiarization. The advanced class will be open to those who complete the Basic Class or prior CPA graduates. The Advance Class will be held following the completion of the basic class. Anyone who has successfully completed the basic academy or any prior academy graduates is eligible to apply for the Advanced Academy.   

For more information about the academy, please contact Community Resource Officer Randy Mathis at (618) 457-3200 ext. 402 or

Please create an account on our website and complete the online application.


The Police Department has offered the Citizens Police Academy since 1994. Since its conception, there have been more than 500 graduates, making it one of the most popular programs offered by the Police Department.