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Citizen's Police Academy

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Be Part of the Solution


We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Citizens Police Academy 

Join the Citizens Police Academy to learn more about the Lower Merion Police Department and its officers.   The academy gives our citizens first-hand information on how and why the Department operates; examining the culture of police work and the organization. Classes are taught by Lower Merion police officers who provide an accelerated overview of the various operations within the Department.  It provides an excellent opportunity for the citizens to interact with Department members.  Attendees will get hands-on experience working a mock crime scene and are encouraged to participate in a ride-along with a Lower Merion police officer.  Our main goal is to increase understanding of police work and to develop effective police/community partnerships. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Organizational structure
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Use of Force
  • Crash Investigations/DUI
  • Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • K-9 Patrol
  • Bike patrol and motorcycle patrol
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Criminal Justice System

The Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is an eight-week program, held on Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. until approximately 9:00 p.m.  Meetings will be held at the Lower Merion Police Department (71 E. Lancaster Ave. Ardmore, PA)

Attendees must be 18 years of age or older.  Residents of Lower Merion and surrounding communities are eligible to attend.  Participants will have a graduation ceremony on the final night where they will receive a certificate of completion.  To ensure a quality learning experience, the program is limited to 15 participants.  An application for the CPA can be found here.  It is FREE to participate!

If you have any questions, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 610-645-6240 or  Applications can be submitted via email to or submitted at the Lower Merion Police Department