I participated in the US Park Police’s first Citizen’s Academy back in 2016 (their first in a very long time, anyway), and it was a fascinating look into one of DC’s and the nation’s oldest police forces.
The program is open again for participants, and you can apply to attend. (This is not to apply to BE a Park Police officer — the Academy is free for civilians of all walks of life to learn about the historic police force. You have to be approved and pass a simple screening process.)
I think it’s a great opportunity, and one I was happy to have attended. You have until September 1st to apply on their website.
The United States Park Police will kick off their 2019 Citizens’ Academy starting Wednesday, September 11, 2019. The classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm and run through November 6th at the United States Park Police Anacostia Operations Facility located at 1901 Anacostia Drive SW.
Investigators, trainers, station commanders and officers will explain the United States Park Police organization and police procedures. Attendees will observe what it is like to be a United States Park Police Officer, covering topics like use of force, investigations, special forces operations, radio communications, emergency response, and much more.
For any questions or for information on registering for the academy, please contact please contact USPP Sergeant Matthew Cooney with the US Park Police.
You can download the application as a PDF.
For more information, visit their Academy webpage.