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For more information, contact the Lake Havasu City Police Department's Academy Coordinator at (928) 855-1171 or email the Academy Coordinator.

The Citizen Police Academy is an eleven week program designed to give Lake Havasu City residents an inside look at law enforcement in their community. Participants will develop a basic understanding of how the Police Department functions as an organization as well as gaining insight into the daily decisions officers must make and the reasons behind those decisions.

Beginning on the first day, academy participants will be greeted by Lake Havasu City Police Chief Dan Doyle and his command staff and receive a comprehensive behind the scenes tour of the Lake Havasu City Police Department, including the dispatch communications center.

In addition, participants have the opportunity to meet and learn about the men and women who are protecting our community. Participants are invited to schedule a patrol ride along outside the class time at a mutually convenient time for staff and participants. Accompanying the patrol officer on service calls creates a true understanding of what an officer’s job is like and contributes to an exciting, interactive learning experience.

The Lake Havasu City Citizen Police Academy has one session per year. The Academy meets Monday nights in the evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Lake Havasu City Police Department located at 2360 McCulloch Blvd.

Classes are presented by veteran members of the organization with demonstrations, interactivity, and PowerPoint presentations. Topics covered by the Academy include:

  • SWAT
  • Patrol and Boat Procedures
  • Use of Physical, Less Lethal, and Deadly Force
  • Criminal, Narcotic, and Crime Scene Investigations
  • Officer Requirements and Selection
  • Traffic and Driving Under the Influence
  • Department Overview
  • The Judicial Process

Upon completion of the Citizen Police Academy, each participant will be invited to attend the Citizen Police Academy Culmination Dinner.

Academy enrollment is limited to 34 students. Citizen Police Academy Application forms are available at the Lake Havasu City Police Department at 2360 McCulloch Blvd. or by download from the Enrollment Application link on this page. After completing the application you must turn it in to the Lake Havasu City Police Department (2360 McCulloch Blvd.). The Academy Coordinator will contact you to confirm your selection to participate in the weeks prior to the start of the Academy.


Participation in the Academy includes a commitment to attend all training sessions. In addition, potential candidates must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Live or work in Lake Havasu City
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Have no misdemeanor convictions within one year of application

Final selection of participants will be made by the Chief of Police. The academy is free of charge.

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