Citizens Police Academy

Last Update: January 15 2019

Citizens Police Academy
Ever wonder what goes on inside your police department? Get your questions answered at the next Citizens Police Academy class!

This is a 9-week course meeting every Wednesday evening at the Winter Garden Police Department training room from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The classes are instructed by Winter Garden police officers and staff who will discuss such topics as crime prevention, defensive tactics, uniformed patrol, special operations, criminal investigations, drug identification, and many other interesting topics. Also available is a ride-along with a uniformed patrol officer.

The next Citizens Police Academy will begin on March 27, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the Winter Garden Police Department training room. The graduation will take place on May 22, 2019. Anyone interested in participating in the next Citizens Police Academy class must complete an application and send it to:

Winter Garden Police Department
Citizens Police Academy
251 W. Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787

Seats fill up fast, so turn in your application quickly! Applications are due by March 20, 2019.
For questions, contact Officer Sarah Price at (407) 877-4884 or email at
*This class is NOT an accredited certification course to become a sworn police officer.*


The program is

  • Nine weeks (27-hour program)
  • Three hours per session from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Free to residents
  • Allows participants to be eligible for a ride-along with an officer on patrol

To be eligible

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Complete an application
  • Have no criminal record
  • Must sign a Release & Waiver form
  • Preference will be given to residents, but those who work in or for the city can fill available seats
  • Class size is limited

Subjects to be covered

  • Course Outline and Rules
  • Department overview and tour
  • Recruiting and selection of officers
  • Crime Prevention
  • Communications
  • Internal Affairs
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Speed Enforcement
  • Police K-9
  • DUI Investigations
  • Defensive driving (classroom)
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Use of force
  • TASER demonstration
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Drug identification
  • Being a good witness
  • Mock homicide investigation


Click here for a flyer

Click here for an application and waiver form (must print out and complete both)