Citizens' Academy


The Citizens’ Academy is a multi-week program conducted one time a year with an average of 8 to 12 students. All classes are instructed by police personnel and there is no cost to the student. This program is designed to familiarize citizens’ with the who/what/why/how of Steamboat Springs Police procedures and to provide an opportunity to interact and ask questions of local law enforcement. The academy does its best to reflect current themes and topics and encourage discussion of how the police operate.


  • Every Wednesday
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • April 26 - June 10, 2020
  • 7 week program
  • Most nights will be held at the brand new Combined Law Enforcement Facility!
  • Refreshments provided 


Classes take place every Wednesday, April 26-June 10, from 5:30-7:30PM for seven weeks.  The following provides an example of possible topics.

IntroductionChief of Police provides overview of the Academy and the Steamboat Springs Police.
Use of Force/Procedure, Use of Force Decision Making, Officer Mindset
Firearms Training Simulator.
Vehicle Contacts. Traffic Stop Procedures, Videos
Vehicle Contact Scenarios
Self Defense - Krav Maga
Participants will learn the current self-defense techniques used by SSP.
Participants will have the opportunity to drive a patrol vehicle through different scenarios and obstacles. 
Crime Scene Investigation

Mock Crime Scene. Participants will enter into a mock crime scene and work to solve the crime. 
Drug Recognition & DUI Enforcement

Participants will learn how to evaluate the sobriety of an individual and perform test on an intoxicated person.
K-9 Demo

Watch a demonstration from the Routt County Sheriff Office’s K-9 Unit. 
Evening at the Gun Range

Firearms safety, firearm use overview, then live fire (handgun, shotgun and rifle).
Dinner supplied with Steamboat Springs Police! 


Program canceled due to COVID-19 Outbreak. 

Academy Materials - 


Executive Assistant Brooke Northrop at 970.879-4344 or email Brooke Northrop