Community Engagement Academy

MPD Community Engagement Academy:

Launched in 2015, the Community Engagement Academy allows community members to learn firsthand about police operations. Through this eight-week program, the Department provides participants with a personal view of the positive aspects and challenges that confront officers daily.

During training, participants learn about:

  • The recruit training program.
  • Common policing scenarios and challenges.
  • Juvenile issues and youth investigations.
  • Patrol Services and take station tours.
  • Specialized policing units (e.g., K-9, bomb squad, harbor patrol).
  • The use of force discussion.
  • Various policing topics from command staff members.

There are three cohorts of the Community Engagement Academy held annually (Summer, Fall and Spring). Participants must undergo a basic background check prior to participation. 

For more information, please complete an online interest card or contact us at:

Salah Czapary, Director
Strategic Engagement Office
Professional Development Bureau
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 727-6587

Community members from all seven police districts have participated in training, tours, discussion, and presentations regarding MPD policies, practices, and procedures on various police-related issues. Participants also took part in a discussion regarding law enforcement and society in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Please view the below video, Bringing the Lessons Home, where members discuss the impact the experience had on them: