Citizen Academy

Citizens' Law Enforcement Academy

The Missoula Police Department is accepting applications for its 2024 Citizens' Law Enforcement Academy (CLEA).  The academy is open to local citizens, business owners, fraternal organization members and non-profit organizations. This eight-week program has provided Missoula citizens with a realistic view of their Missoula Police Department's activities, challenges, and accomplishments.

This academy includes an overview of our department's activities including presentations from officers about our many programs including, but not limited to:

  • Uniform Patrol 
  • Investigations
  • Special Teams (SWAT)
  • School Resource Officers (SRO)
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • K-9 program
  • Community Service Specialists
  • Quality of Life
  • Hands-on applications include a ride-a-long with officers and a training simulator

Session begins: January 10, 2024, and will run for 8 weeks   
When: Wednesday evenings 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   
How to apply: Apply online at 2024 CLEA Application, or contact Laurie Clark, (406) 552-6320 for a paper application. 
Deadline: December 13, 2023
Invitation to attend: We will be issuing invitations during the week of December 18, 2023. 


We have had a great deal of interest in our previous academies, so we encourage you to apply early because space is limited. A review of applications will result in approximately 30 invitations to successful applicants. 

Woman in shooting simulation

People attending K9 class

Citizen Academy student getting instructions

K9 attacking