Citizens' Police Academy

Course Description

The goal of the Citizens’ Police Academy is to keep the Rio Rancho Police Department connected with our community. The academy offers 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 Citizens’ Police Academy consists of an eleven week course, one night per week.  All classes are held at Police Headquarters, 500 Quantum Road. 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 30 students per session. There is no cost to participate. Residents must be 18 years of age or older in order to apply. The next Citizens' Police Academy will be from March 5, 2024 through May 7, 2024. The deadline to apply for the next session is Friday, March 1, 2024. 

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).