The UConn Police Department sponsors an annual Citizen’s Police Academy during the fall academic semester. The academy is held for approximately eleven weeks. The purpose of the academy is to create better understanding and communication between the police department and the community through education.

UConn students, staff, faculty and Town of Mansfield residents are eligible to apply. The academy is open to a limited number of people who will be selected after a background screening is conducted, which may include a criminal history check, personal reference check and interview.
Student learning with officer outdoors
The courses are designed to move quickly and be informative as well as interesting. Several courses will consist of practical, hands-on training. A ride-a-long with a UConn Police Officer while on duty will be available during the program. Some of the topics to be discussed include motor vehicle law, DUI law, narcotics, patrol procedures, K-9 demonstration, crime scene forensics, critical incident management, use of force and firearms safety.

Apply for the Citizen’s Police Academy


For more information, please contact Lieutenant Mark Bouthillier at