Citizens Police Academy

The Citizens Police Academy is a great opportunity for citizens to receive an inside perspective of the operations of the Canton Police Department.

What the Academy Includes

This nine-week academy will include:

  • The court system
  • Internal Affairs
  • Introduction to firearms safety
  • K-9 training demonstrations
  • SWAT
  • Taser
  • Use of force and self-defense
  • Vice/Gang Task Force

Participants will also have the unique opportunity to ride-along with a Police Officer on duty.


The Citizens Training Academy is located at 1430 Cherry Avenue SE and was formerly the old fire station. Light refreshments will be served.

Requirements to Participate

Participants must be 21 years of age or older. A background check will be conducted as part of the application process. Applications will be retained for consideration of the next Academy.

Apply for the Academy

Applications (PDF) for the Citizens Academy may be printed and are available for pick-up and return at the Canton Police Department Information Desk at the Police Department. The address is:
Canton Police Department
221 3rd Street SW
Canton, OH 44702

For More Information

For more information please email Sgt. Craig Riley or call him at 330-438-4441.