Harrisburg’s citizens police academy open for enrollment


The Harrisburg Bureau of Police is gearing up for the fall session of its citizens police academy.

The academy is an eight-week course that gives city residents and non-residents a behind-the-scenes look at the police department and the justice system.

Corporal Joshua Hammer said it’s more than just a classroom experience.

“They get to understand what officers go through and sometimes go on ride-alongs and get to see a shift in action,” Hammer said.

The next session will run from Sept. 19 to Nov. 28. The academy is free and will be held once a week on Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m.

People must be 18 years of age or older to apply. 

Applications are available here.

Completed application can be emailed to golivera@harrisburgpa.gov.

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