Each year, the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement hosts the Citizen's Police Academy. This 8-week program is designed to provide a direct overview of both law enforcement and community-related functions of the Division.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Tobacco Enforcement & Diversion
  • Fake ID's
  • Cooperating Underage Witness Program
  • Responsible Server Training
  • Special Tactics and Response Team
  • Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • Delaware Violent Crime Reduction Task Force
  • Fatal Vision Impairment Demonstration
  • CPR Certification

All instructors for the academy are highly-trained and experienced police officers or professionals in their respective fields. In addition to in-depth presentations and demonstrations over the 8-week period, class members will be given the opportunity to attend a firearms demonstration at the Delaware State Police Firing Range. Members will receive instruction on proper weapon handling, safety, and may be allowed to fire a department issued weapon.


Applicants must be a Delaware resident and 18 years of age or older. A criminal history background check will be performed on all applicants and the Division reserves the right to deny or remove anyone for past or current activities that may be detrimental to the program and its attendees. There is no fee for the program; however, the Division requests that applicants be committed to the full eight-week program.

The enrollment period will vary from year to year. Check back often or visit us on Facebook for updates! If you have questions about the Citizens Police Academy, please contact the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement at (302) 741-2721.