Citizens Police Academy

The Bristol Police Department hosts a class twice a year, upcoming classes will be announced on this page. The Citizens Police Academy is a 10-week course that will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Bristol Police Department. The next class will commence on Tuesday April 3, 2018. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, March 30, 2018.

There is no cost to attend, and the course is open to all Bristol residents 18 years of age or older. Applicants interested in attending should complete the Citizens Police Academy Application (PDF), or stop at the Bristol Police Department to obtain an application. Questions regarding this program should be directed to Sergeant Michael Vieira (evenings) at 253-6900.


The Bristol Police Department’s first citizen’s police academy was instituted by Colonel Russell S. Serpa during the Spring of 2005. The purpose of the citizen’s police academy is to give the public a working knowledge of the Bristol Police Department’s policies and procedures through a series of classes instructed by Bristol Police Department personnel. The program is designed to encourage input and feedback from the civilian participants.


The goal of the academy is to
  • Establish a stronger relationship between the Police Department and the community
  • Provide citizens of Bristol a better understanding of the mission and operations of the department


Topics will include:
  • Court System
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Department Structure
  • Dispatch Operations
  • Domestic Violence
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Investigation
  • Duties Of the School Resource Officer
  • Juvenile Crime
  • Narcotics
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Search Warrants
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Use Of Force