Citizen’s Police Academy

908 SE 14th St
Bentonville, AR 72712
General Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm
Front Lobby 24-hour access
for police related services
TTY: 479.271.3182
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Citizen's Police Academy


     The Bentonville Police Department established the Citizen's Police Academy in 1999 and since its inception, graduated approximately 300 citizens.  The slogan of the Citizen's Police Academy is "Understanding through Education."  The purpose of the Citizen's Police Academy is to provide information to the public to dispel misconceptions and increase the rapport between citizens and police officers, as well as to give the public a working knowledge of the Bentonville Police Department. 

     The main goals of the academy are to partner with the community, explain the operations of the police department, and encourage citizens to undertake measures to prevent themselves from becoming crime victims.  Academy participants gain an understanding of police procedures that are more reflective of everyday police work than what television and movies portray. They also learn how they can help to make their community crime-free.  Participants become sources for new ideas as we learn from them in the process of teaching.  In addition to new ideas, our Citizen's Police Academy also provides an avenue for our officers to learn about the concerns of our community members.  It encourages police interaction with the public and provides a measure of accountability to the community.

Note: Applicants must be at least 21 years-of-age to participate in the Citizen's Police Academy.

     Each session consists of ten consecutive Thursday night classes held at City of Bentonville facilities.  The instruction is comprehensive and each week separate areas of the department are covered.  K-9, Cadet Training, Bomb Squad, SWAT, C.I.D, Forensics and Recruiting are examples of some of the topics that are covered.  Instruction consists of lectures, demonstrations, tours, and riding with a police officer on a shift.

     We hope the graduates of the Citizen’s Police Academy become more aware and better informed about how the Bentonville Police Department operates, and will recommend to their friends, coworkers and families to join the Bentonville Police Department in this rewarding program.

     To enroll in a class you must print, complete, and submit an application to the Bentonville Police Department: 908 Southeast 14th Street, Bentonville, AR 72712.  You may also fax a completed application to 479-271-3187, or email the application to Officer Gene Page (  Officer Page can be reached at 479-271-6200 with any questions concerning the Citizen's Police Academy.  Click the below link for Citizen's Police Academy application:

Citizen's Police Academy application