Green Bay Police Department

Citizens Academy

The Citizen’s Police Academy

The Green Bay Police Department is currently accepting applications for its fall 2018 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.

Residency in Green Bay is not required, but city residents are given preference.

The 2018 academy will consist of 13 three hour sessions that meet on Wednesdays from 6:00-9:00pm. The academy starts on August 15th, 2018 and will end on November 14th, 2018. Topics include; Dive Team/ Harbor Patrol, Animal Control, Community Policing, Patrol Operations/ OWI enforcement, Investigations/ CSI, Drugs, Gangs, Use of Force, Firearms, Taser, K-9, SWAT, Juvenile/ SRO and Crime Prevention. 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.

We anticipate having 25 citizens attend the academy. The application deadline is August 1st, 2018 at 4:00 PM.  Notifications of acceptance will be made on or about August 8th , 2018.  The first class will be held on August 15th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.  Times and dates may change depending on the topic of instruction. The tentative dates are August 15, 22, 29 Sept 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, and November 7, 14. 

If you have any questions please contact Lt. Andy Opperman at 920-448-3200 ext. 0912. Or at

Who can attend the Green Bay Police Department Citizens Academy?

  • Anyone who is 18 years of age or older may apply (Green Bay residents are given preference)
  • Citizens with no felony arrests or convictions
  • Be willing to submit to a background check administered by the Green Bay Police Department.
  • Be willing to sign a waiver of liability.
  • Our goal is to open the class to a group of approximately 25 citizens every year.

 When will the next class be held?

  • The next Citizen’s Academy is scheduled to start August 15th, 2018 and will run through November 14th, 2018.

  Where will the classes be held?

  • Classes will be held at the Green Bay Police Department, 307 S. Adams St. in the training center. One session will be held at the municipal boat launch at the mouth of the Fox River.

  Where do I get an application for the next class?

Click here to download 

Citizen's Academy Application   

Citizens Police Academy Waiver 

Who do I contact for more information?

  • Melanie Skalmoski - 448-3260
  • Lt. Andy Opperman - 448-3200 ext. 0912

Green Bay Police Department
307 S. Adams Street
Green Bay, WI 54301