Apply now for Kirkland Police Department Citizen's Academy


2010 Academy February 3 - April 21 Wednesday 6:00-9:00 p.m.

“Our mission is to provide quality law enforcement, with fair and respectful treatment of our Community, through partnerships, personal dedication, and courage."


What is a Citizen’s Police Academy?

The Citizen’s Police Academy is a twelve-week program designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Kirkland Police Department. Academy participation requires a commitment of one night a week for the twelve-week period. The classes are held on Wednesday evenings for approximately three-hours. The instruction is comprehensive and each week separate areas of the department are covered.

What topics are covered?

PoliceAcademy3Officer Training, Investigations, K9, Special Response Team, Use of Force Issues and Firearms are examples of some topics that are covered. Instruction consists of lectures, scenarios, demonstrations, tours, and riding with a police officer during a patrol shift. After the firearms course of instruction, academy participants will have the opportunity to fire a gun in a controlled range environment.

Who teaches the classes?

The instructors are officers and personnel from the Kirkland Police Department that teach in their areas of expertise.


Objectives of the Academy

The objectives of the Citizen Police Academy are as follows:

To provide a vehicle for educating and providing positive police relations with citizens on an ongoing basis; to build community- KPD cooperation, understanding, and good will.

To gain support for police and to encourage citizens to partner with law enforcement so as to assist in making our community a safer place in which to live.

To provide citizens a better understanding of police functions, how policies are developed, the decision making process, and what an officer experiences on a day to day basis.

To provide insight into citizen concerns and perceptions about police officers.

To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police: the police being the only members of the public that are paid to give full time attention to the duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interest of community welfare and existence.

— Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850)


Potential Candidates for the Citizen Academy must fill out an application packet and meet the following criteria:

• Minimum age of 21 years.

• Live or work in the City Kirkland.

• No prior felony convictions.

Due to the limited space in each academy class, participants must be able to commit to attending each week within the 12-week program. Students cannot select certain classes in the program to attend. In addition, due to the quick pace of the classes, they will begin promptly at 6:00 PM each night. There is no cost to academy participants.


Citizen Academy participants are selected by an application review, a routine records check, and a brief interview. A waiting list is often established if the academy is full, or if an applicant's schedule conflicts with the schedule, and the applicant chooses to wait for a future class.

Obtain an application packet from the Kirkland Police Department to be part of this exciting opportunity.

Citizen’s Police Academy application packets can be picked up at the Kirkland Police Department. If you would like an application packet mailed to you, please complete the attached interest form and mail it to the Kirkland Police Department.

For more information, please contact:

Officer Allan O’Neill

Neighborhood Resource Officer

(425) 587-3451

All content contained in this article can be found in the 2010 Citizen's Academy brochure. Interested individuals should turn in their application packets ASAP. The Academy starts February 3, 2010.