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Community Academies

Community Academies Now accepting applications to the fall community academy!

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?

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
  • Who have completed an application and waiver of liability

Spring Community Academy

Spring 2023 Community Academy - dates to be determined.

Fall Community Academy

Our Fall Community Academy will be held November 2, 9, 16 and 30.


The fall community academy will take place at various police districts. Participants will be provided with details on locations.


There is no cost to attend.

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. 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

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, they must contact the Coordinator. Unexcused or numerous absences may result in dismissal from the Academy.

Mail or email completed applications and waivers to:

Direct any further questions to Officer Lu Senatus, Community Academy Contact, (608) 267-1965 or email.