TIAPD Citizen Police Academy

Citizen Police Academy

Have you ever wondered what it's like to work in law enforcement, curious about how certain aspects of law enforcement are handled and why? If you answered yes, then you can get a live, up close and accurate view of police work by attending the Tampa International Airport Police Department's Citizen Police Academy. TIAPD is inviting you to join its hands-on Citizen Police Academy that truly takes you behind the scenes and shows you a part of the rigorous training that prepares Officers for their daily duties of protecting and serving the Tampa International Airport. The department holds two academies per year that consist of seven weekday evening sessions. Classes will be held on weekday evenings for approximately two hours. The program is free of charge.


Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet The Chief of Police and the command staff of TIAPD
  • Go behind the scenes of patrol operations
  • Experience scenario based training
  • Tour facilities and operational areas of the airport and police department
  • Experience hands on firearms familiarization and weapon safety with certified firearms instructors
  • View a K9 demonstration and participate with a K9 handler
  • Complete our physical abilities test (Obstacle Course)
  • Learn about the Emergency Operation Center 
  • Learn about the Airport Operations Center
  • Learn about TIAPD Crime Prevention Initiatives
  • See specialty team demonstrations
  • Interactive Q & A Forums



  • Participants must be 18 years of age
  • Must sign an indemnity release
  • Must pass a background check
  • Must submit a completed application
  • Must participate in all scheduled academy sessions
  • Must be a resident of the greater Tampa Bay Area


Upcoming 2022 Class Dates:

October 4th: *4:30PM-7:00PM

October 11th: 5:00PM-7:00PM

October 18th: 5:00PM-7:00PM

October 25th: 5:00PM-7:00PM

November 1st: 5:00-7:00PM

November 8th: 5:00-7:00PM

November 15th: 5:00-7:00PM ***Graduation & Reception***

We are accepting applications on a first come, first serve basis. Class size is limited to 15.


 All applications must be fully completed and will be processed in the order received. Incomplete or applications without waivers will not be processed.


**Please Note** This program is designed to provide a "snapshot" of the day to day operations in law enforcement. It is not a college course or police academy and does not provide employment opportunities once completed.

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