Citizen Police Academies/Citizen Advisory Councils

Citizen Police Academies

Citizen Police Academies

The purpose of each Citizens Police Academy is to educate the public about the police services delivered by the Louisville Metro Police Department, in order to foster understanding and develop partnerships. The Community Policing Unit has prepared a comprehensive training program to provide participants with an overview of the various patrol divisions, specialized units, and daily operations at LMPD. Participants have the opportunity to schedule a ride-along with a patrol officer in one of our eight patrol divisions. Each Academy culminates with a graduation ceremony, with personal interactions from department and government leaders. Participants may continue their experience by joining the Citizens Police Academy Alumni and/or the Volunteers In Police Service program. Specialized CPAs are sporadically convened to enhance the learning environment for varied cultures in Louisville. These may include, senior citizens, Latinos, immigrant/refugees, youth partners, LGBT citizens, citizens with special needs, clergy members, etc.

For 2017 we have operated five CPA’s including a Latino CPA and an LGBTQ CPA. By year’s end we will have graduated over 175 Citizen Police Academy participants from all areas of the community.

Clergy Academy

The CPU also facilitated an abbreviated academy specifically for local ministers, pastors, and clergy members. The training was hosted at the LMPD Firearms Training Center where clergy members were able to participate in a day dedicated to learning more about law enforcement and foster better relationships between the faith based community and LMPD.

LGBTQ Academy

This academy is offered once a year. It is open to LGBTQ citizens and their allies.


Advisory Councils

Chief’s Neighborhood Advisory Council

This group consists of members from each Patrol Division’s Advisory Council who meet with the Chief of Police to discuss crime concerns and receive information from the board. Council members give input and serve as liaisons to the LMPD Command Staff on behalf of the community.

Chief’s Youth Police Advisory Council

The purpose of the Chief’s YPAC is to provide open dialogue between the youth in Louisville and the leaders of the Louisville Metro Police Department. These conversations may focus on current crime trends, safety concerns, police operations, etc.   

LGBTQ Advisory Council

The LGBTQ Advisory Council had its first meeting on April 11, 2017. The goal of this council is to create an open dialogue between police and the LGBTQ community. These conversations have offered policy and training suggestions, as well as focusing on safety concerns, hate crime investigations, etc. as it relates to the LGBTQ community.