Citizen's Police Academy

Course Description

The goal of the Citizen’s Police Academy is to keep the Rio Rancho Police Department connected with our community. The academy will offer citizens a greater understanding of all of the services and programs that the Rio Rancho Police Department offers. Our presenters are officers from different divisions across our agency that are out in the community every day providing the great service that we strive for. As citizens learn about our police department, they will have an opportunity to learn more about the people behind the badge, who we are, and what motivates us.  

Course Schedule

The Citizen’s Police Academy consists of an eleven week course, one night per week (Thursdays from 6 PM to 9 PM). The course is comprised of hands-on learning and demonstrations and varying presentations on topics such as:

  • Patrol officer response
  • K9 Unit
  • SWAT
  • Investigations

Application Requirements and How to Apply

The academy is open to current Rio Rancho residents and/or Rio Rancho business owners and is limited to 20 students per session. There is no cost to participate. Residents must be 18 years of age or older in order to apply. Applications will be denied for any previous violent criminal history and/or felony criminal history. However, applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis and petty misdemeanor history may be waived (i.e., traffic tickets).The deadline to apply for the 2018 session was February 16, 2018.