Community Police Academy

About the Academy
The Johnson County Community Police Academy works to promote a stronger relationship between law enforcement and the community it serves through education and hands-on learning. Law enforcement officers and guest instructors meet with participants once a week for 10 weeks for classroom and hands-on instruction. 

Each student will have the opportunity to ride along with a patrol officer as they perform their duties. The ten weeks conclude with a graduation ceremony.

The forum of the Community Police Academy is not designed to stage a debate about police department policies, but rather to inform and answer questions that community members might have.

2023 Academy Details

  • Mondays, January 23-April 3, 2023
  • 6:00-9:00 pm
  • Held at the Johnson County Emergency Communications Center, 4529 Melrose Ave., Iowa City (unless otherwise noted)
  • View the 2023 brochure (download PDF)

2024 dates have not yet been announced and applications are not yet available.

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Training Topics

  • Bomb Squad
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Crisis intervention
  • Defensive tactics
  • Drug investigations
  • Firearms and use of force
  • Jail tour/reserve program
  • Johnson County Dive Team
  • K-9
  • OWI enforcement
  • Police officer selection and training
  • Rescue operations
  • S.W.A.T.
  • Taser
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Contact Us

  1. Kyle Nicholson

    Investigations Lieutenant
    Community Relations
    1503 5th St.
    P.O. Box 5911
    Coralville, IA  52241

    Ph: 319.248.1800
    Fx: 319.248.1888

How to Apply (2024 applications not yet available)
2023 Program

  1. You can apply online
  2. Or, download an application or pick one up at the Coralville Police Department, fill it out, and return it to:

Community Police Academy
c/o Coralville Police Department
1503 5th St.
Coralville, IA 52241

Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on January 9, 2023, to be considered. A $10 participation fee is required to cover the costs of material and shirts. Please bring payment the first week of class. Make checks payable to the Community Police Academy.

Participant Information
Due to limited class size, participants will be selected by application. Community members may not be enrolled in the program more than twice to ensure that those interested have a chance to participate.