Community Academy

Citizen Academy 2018 Academy begins September 12th.

What is the Community Academy?

The Community Academy is a program designed to give the public a working knowledge and understanding of the values, goals, and operations of the City of Madison Police Department. The objective of the Academy is to help build a positive relationship between the Madison Police Department and the community, while improving the lines of communication with the members it serves. This experience allows community members the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of our Police Department.

What Should I Expect?

The Academy consists of nine, 3-hour sessions, occurring once a week. The Academy is at the Madison Police Department Training Center, which is located at 5702 Femrite Drive, Madison, Wisconsin. There is no cost to attend.

During the Academy, community members are exposed to subject matter relating to the duties and responsibilities of Police Officers. City of Madison Police Officers and supervisors, who have expertise in various areas of policing, instruct in the Community Academy. Some of the previous topics have been Traffic Enforcement, OWI, Use of Force, Gangs, and MPD specialty teams (K-9, SWAT, etc.) Academy participants also have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with an MPD Police Officer.

During classes, participants are encouraged to ask questions and give feedback concerning the operations of the Madison Police Department. It is our sincere hope that the Academy graduates will become partners with us in identifying problems and providing solutions to quality of life issues that face our community.

Who Can Attend?

City of Madison community members who:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Have an interest in learning about MPD
  • Are not currently engaged in any legal process with the City of Madison
  • Who have completed an application and waiver of liability (by the deadline)
  • Are willing to submit to a thorough background check

How Do I Apply?

Applicants must print a copy of both the application and waiver.Once both forms are completed, mail or email them to the Coordinator, whose contact information appears at the bottom of the application. You can also drop the forms off at one of the district police stations and have it routed to the Coordinator. Applications and waivers are accepted until the established deadline. Applications and waivers received after the deadline will not be considered unless postmarked by that date.

All applications go through a review process to help establish a pool of diverse candidates, followed up by background checks on those applicants. The remaining applicants are evaluated to establish the final group to participate in the Community Academy. All applicants will receive a letter from the Coordinator explaining the outcome of their application process.

The criteria for screening applicants will include (but not be limited to):

  • City geographical areas districts/distribution of neighborhoods
  • Review of application
  • Information obtained from background investigation

The maximum class size for the Community Academy is 30. Candidates who are accepted into the Academy will be contacted and given more information. The candidates must commit to attending all of the sessions. If an emergency arises and a candidate cannot make a session, he/she must contact the Coordinator. Unexcused or numerous absences may result in dismissal from the Academy.

Mail or Email completed applications and waivers to:

  • Sergeant Scott Kleinfeldt, Community Academy Coordinator
    Madison Police Department
    211 S. Carroll Street
    Madison, WI 53703
    skleinfeldt@cityofmadison.com

Direct any further questions to Sergeant Scott Kleinfeldt, Community Academy Coordinator, (608) 267-1965 or email.