Citizens Academy

The Green Bay Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy is designed to give participants a better understanding of the functions, operations and objectives of the Police Department. The goal is to build a positive relationship between the Green Bay Police Department and community members. This training is designed to be interactive and is a combination of lecture and hands on. This course is not intended to be a stepping stone for those hoping to pursue a police career; it is intended to produce informed citizens.

Program Details

The 2019 academy will consist of 13 three hour sessions that meet on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 pm. The academy starts on August 14th, 2019 and will end on November 6th, 2019. 


Topics include: 

  • Animal Control
  • Community Policing
  • Crime Prevention
  • Dive Team/ Harbor Patrol
  • Drugs
  • Firearms
  • Gangs
  • Investigations/CSI
  • Juvenile/SRO
  • K-9
  • Patrol Operations/ OWI enforcement
  • SWAT
  • Taser
  • Use of Force

All instructors are sworn personnel and civilian employees who are very knowledgeable in the topic discussed. During class participants are encouraged to ask questions, enter into discussion and give feedback to the department. Academy participants are also encouraged to participate in the Green Bay Police Department ride along program.

Additional Program Information

We anticipate having 25 citizens attend the academy. The application deadline is August 1th, 2019 at 4 pm. Notifications of acceptance will be made on or about August 7th, 2018. The first class will be held on August 14th from 6 pm to 9 pm. Times and dates may change depending on the topic of instruction. The tentative dates are August 14th, 21st and 28th. September 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th. October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23th,30th and November 6th.

  • Residency in Green Bay is not required, but city residents are given preference.
  • If you have any questions please contact Lieutenant Andy Opperman at 920-448-3200, ext. 0912.