Citizens' Police Academy



The Citizen Police Academy is designed to give citizens a better understanding of what police officers do every day. The popular program provides insight into the philosophy, internal values, and operations of the Balch Springs Police Department. The program's ultimate goal is to improve the relationship and rapport between citizens and the Balch Springs Police. The program also gives citizens the opportunity to interact with officers, ask questions, and express any concerns they might have. This two-way communication has proven to be an effective, successful way to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Citizen Police Academy.  

The Balch Springs Police Department Citizen Police Academy is a 35-hour block of instruction designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Balch Springs Police Department's personnel and policies. It consists of 13 classes, held once a week at nights, for three hours per class. The instruction is comprehensive, covering a different area of the police department each week. Certified Police Officers, Supervisors, and personnel with particular expertise, in a particular division, conduct each instructional block. There will also be guest instructors in certain areas.

(The Citizens’ Police Academy is NOT an offer of employment, but a volunteer program to educate those respected members of our community, who want to hear information on law enforcement right from the source.)

Who May Attend

The class is made up of a cross section of the Balch Springs Community. Any interested citizen who resides or works in Balch Springs Texas is encouraged to attend. Applicants who are selected must be 18 years of age, reside or work in Balch Springs Texas, and can not have a felony conviction.
Balch Springs Police Department Citizens Police Academy Information

Application Deadline:  TBA

Class Dates: TBA

 The Balch Springs Police Department Citizens Police Academy is a 12-week course designed to give the citizen an understanding of what a police officer encounters.

Classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

The academy is intended for people over the age of 18 who live or work in the city of Balch Springs.

Each class will be taught by a qualified instructor from the police department.

Topics include:

  • Social media / news media relations
  • Use of force
  • Recruitment
  • Jail / Detention
  • Communications
  • Crime Scene
  • Defensive tactics
  • Patrol
  • Traffic
  • Narcotics
  • Active shooter

For questions, complete THIS FORM or contact:
Lt. Walts 


<<Citizens' Police Academy Inquiry Form>>


Complete the application and have your signature notarized.

You can drop off the application or mail it to the address below.  

Balch Springs Police Department
12500 Elam Rd.
Balch Springs, Tx 75180