The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) helps educate the public about police services offered by the Ball State University Police Department in order to foster understanding and community support. This is a free, comprehensive training program that provides an overview of the divisions, units, and functions of the University Police Department.

The academy is 10 weeks and includes a tour of our headquarters and the Delaware County Jail, firearm and Taser demonstrations, and overviews of:

  • the hiring and training process
  • law of arrest
  • investigations
  • patrol traffic enforcement
  • active shooters
  • crime scene processing
  • narcotics and drug law enforcement
  • criminal law
  • search and seizure
  • domestic violence
  • homicide investigations
  • crime prevention
  • the canine unit
  • community relations

How to Sign Up

The UPD emails the campus an application with instructions each Fall. Classes are on Sundays, mid-January through April.

Applicants must be 18 or older and live at, work at, or be a member of the Ball State University community.

All applicants will undergo a background check, and submission of an application gives implied consent. Classes will be held at the UPD and various sites around Muncie.

More Information

For more information about the academy, contact Officer Justin Smith at Ball State University Police Department by email.