TIAPD Citizen Police Academy

Citizen Police Academy

Have you ever thought that you would like to learn about law enforcement, or were just curious about how certain aspects of law enforcement are handled and why? If you answered yes, then you can get a live, up close and accurate view of police work by attending the Tampa International Airport Police Department's Citizen Police Academy. The TIAPD is inviting you to join its hands-on Citizen Police Academy that truly takes you behind the scenes and shows you a part of the rigorous training that prepares Officers for their daily duties of protecting and serving the Airport. The department holds two academies per year that consist of six weekday evening sessions. The TIAPD Citizen Police Academy is a six week program for those who are interested in the day to day operations of the Tampa International Airport Police Department. Classes will be held on weekday evenings from 6:00 pm until approximately 8:00 pm depending on the subject matter. The program is free of charge.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet Chief Vazquez and the command staff of TIAPD
  • Go behind the scenes of patrol operations
  • Learn defensive tactics taught to TIAPD Officers
  • Experience scenario based training
  • Tour facilities and operational areas of the airport and police department
  • Train to shoot the same handguns officers carry with a certified firearms instructor
  • View a K9 demonstration and participate with a K9 handler
  • Complete our physical abilities test (Obstacle Course)
  • Learn about the Emergency Operation Center and participate in a simulated incident command operation
  • Learn about the Airport Operations Center
  • Active Shooter Training
  • Specialty team demonstrations
  • Scenario based exercises
  • Interactive Q & A Forums



  • Participants must be 18 years of age
  • Must sign an indemnity release
  • Must pass a background check
  • Must submit a completed application
  • Must participate in scheduled academy sessions
  • Must be a resident of the greater Tampa Bay Area


If you would like to apply, please complete the application (link) and send it to TPACPA@TAMPAAIRPORT.COM

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