The Muskegon Police Department generally holds a Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) twice per year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. The purpose of the CPA is to provide citizens with a better understanding of the functions of law enforcement, dispelling misconceptions and increasing positive communication between citizens and police.

A link to the application is below. Please make sure to sign the application in order for us to complete your background check and ensure you agree to the Liability Waiver or your application will not be considered valid.


Citizen Academy Application


Participant Requirements: Students must be active, respectful participants. Students must notify us in advance if they will be missing a class or they may not qualify for a graduation certificate.

Age Requirements: High School Senior or above and 17 years of age or older

Class Size: Maximum of 30 Students

All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6-9pm

Courses generally begin at the end of March and the end of August, please submit your completed application in order to be given the registration information.

The CPA may be held in-person or virtually. Participants will have interactive experiences in many areas of public safety and the court system. Past topics include, but are subject to change:

Discussion with Public Safety Director/Chief Lewis

Central Police/Fire Dispatch Operations
Patrol Bureau Operations/Traffic Stops
Investigations Bureau Operations
Muskegon County Sheriff (may include jail tour)
Police Records Bureau

Internal Affairs/Professional Standards
Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office

Domestic Violence
Neighborhood Policing Unit/Crime Activity Task Force

Juvenile/Family Court Procedures
Mock Crime Scenes