TIAPD Citizen Police Academy

Citizen Police Academy

Have you ever wondered what it's like to work in 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. 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 Tampa International Airport. The department holds two academies per year that consist of seven weekday evening sessions. Classes will be held on weekday evenings from 5:00 pm until approximately 7:00 pm depending on the subject matter. The program is free of charge.


Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet The Chief of Police and the command staff of TIAPD
  • Go behind the scenes of patrol operations
  • Learn some of the defensive tactics taught to TIAPD Officers
  • Experience scenario based training
  • Tour facilities and operational areas of the airport and police department
  • Experience hands on firearms familiarization and weapon safety 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 
  • Learn about the Airport Operations Center
  • Learn about TIAPD Crime Prevention Initiatives
  • See specialty team demonstrations
  • 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

Upcoming Class Schedule:

Due to COVID-19 All Classes have been postponed until further notice. We are expecting to resume classes in the future.



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