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Citizen Police Academy Application


"The Tyler Police Department is an innovative department, that strives as a team to meet the needs of the citizens of Tyler and to accomplish the goals as set forth in our Mission Statement. The Citizen Police Academy is just one way we have to introduce the citizens to it’s Department. I would like to invite you to spend ten (10) weeks with us. You will get to see first hand what, why and how we do things. The men and women of the Tyler Police Department work hard for their citizens and I enjoy the opportunity to show them off whenever I get the chance. I hope you will join us at the next session of the CPA." Chief Gary M. Swindle

The 21st session of the Citizen Police Academy is now forming. If you are interested in attending this session of the Citizen Police Academy please complete the on-line application or contact Detective Doyle Lynch at (903)531-1018. Class size is limited.


The Citizen Police Academy concept originated in England in 1977. The first city in the United States to implement the program was Orlando, Florida in 1985. The first Citizen Police Academy in Texas was held in Missouri City, Texas in 1986. There are approximately sixty (60) law enforcement agencies in Texas participating in this program. The Tyler Police Department held their first Citizen Police Academy in the Spring of 1996. On average two sessions per year have been held since that time. To date over 300 citizens have completed this program.

The Tyler Police Department hosts the Citizen Police Academy to enhance the relationship between the police and the community. This forum provides an opportunity for officers and citizens to interact with each other in a positive environment. The citizen will get a first hand explanation of how their police department works as well as the role it plays in the community. The Citizen Police Academy is not designed to make police officers out of citizens, but we hope it will pull back the "blue curtain" and tell you everything you want to know about your department. It is the sincere hope of the Tyler Police Department the Citizen Police Academy will build trust and confidence between our citizens and officers. We look forward to seeing you in a future class.

The Tyler Police Department conducts two Citizen Police Academy sessions a year. Each session meets one night a week for ten weeks. Class starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. Classes are limited to 30 people. For an application or more information contact Doyle Lynch by phone at (903) 531-1018, by email at City Email, or submitting an online application.

Graduates of the Citizen Police Academy have bonded together and formed an Alumni Association.


The Tyler Police Department also hosts a Junior Citizen Police Academy for the citizens between the age of 14 and 17. This is usually held in conjunction with the TJC summer Camp. For more information on this program, please contact Doyle Lynch by phone at (903) 531-1018 or by email at EMail Doyle Lynch. We look forward to seeing you there.

CPA Online Application

This application is not to become a certified Tyler Police Officer, if you are seeking information on becoming a Tyler Police Officer please go to our Recruiting page.


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