The Waukesha Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy is designed to give enrollees a better understanding of the functions, operations and objectives of our Police Department. The goal is to build a positive relationship between the Waukesha Police Department and the community. The classes are designed to be interactive and is a combination of lecture and hands on. This course is not intended to be a stepping stone for those hoping to pursue a police career; it is intended to produce informed citizens. Residency in Waukesha is not a requirement.

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Requirements


To attend the Citizens Academy, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of the City of Waukesha 

  • Be at least 18 years of age 

  • Pass a background investigation

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Sessions


The Waukesha Police Department conducts one Citizens Academy per year. Both sessions last 10 consecutive weeks. Classes go from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and have been held on Wednesdays. 


Attendance


A commitment to attend every session must be shown. Participants who are absent for more than 2 sessions will be evaluated for continued attendance.
 

Application


To apply for the Citizens Academy, send a letter to the Chief of Police requesting consideration for admission. Your letter will be kept on file and reviewed prior to the next session. Please be aware that only 15 candidates are accepted into each session.
 

More Information


Please call or email Lieutenant Habanek 262-524-3769 ghabanek@waukesha-wi.gov if you have any questions or requests for information.

CLASS DAYS & TIMES
September through November

Wednesdays 6:30 to 9pm

Lieutenant Gerald Habanek

262-524-3769

ghabanek@waukesha-wi.gov 

BECOME A CITIZEN'S ACADEMY GRADUATE! 

Once you've completed the Citizen's Academy course, you will be invited to a graduation night that includes dinner, awards and graduation with your class. It's always a really fun night! Following graduation, you are then welcome to join Waukesha Citizens Police Academy Association (WCPAA, Inc.) where you will continue to learn about the police department, be eligible for a ride-along each year and volunteer with the group to raise funds for the police department. 

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