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.
  • Patrol Services and take station tours.
  • Specialized policing units (e.g., K-9, bomb squad, harbor patrol).
  • Use of Force.
  • 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:

Wanda Gattison
Special Assistant
Executive Office of the Chief of Police
Email: [email protected]

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.