2021 Citizens Police Academy

July 6, 2021 News

The Mt. Lebanon Police Department is proud to offer our Citizens Police Academy to the Mt. Lebanon community. This engaging and informative program is designed to increase understanding of the Police Department’s operations and to allow community members the opportunity to interact with our outstanding personnel.  Topics covered include patrol operations, use of force, the K9 program, narcotics, traffic laws, firearms, the CIRT team, crime scene processing, investigations, and much more.

Students will participate in informative classroom-style presentations as well as practical demonstrations with a variety of Police Department personnel.  Activities include an in-depth police facility tour, simulated traffic stop exercises, use of force scenarios, firearms instruction at the shooting range, fingerprinting and crime scene investigation, and a police K9 demonstration.  Each student will also be given the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a Police Officer at the conclusion of the Academy.

Instructors are drawn from all areas in the Department. Students will meet the Chief of Police, supervisors, patrol officers, detectives and other department employees. We encourage students to ask questions and express their concerns about pertinent issues. A major goal of the Citizens Police Academy is to increase understanding between our citizens and the Police Department, and to enhance the strong relationships we have with the community.
While the Academy will give students a better understanding of how the Police Department is organized, the services we provide, and how we serve the community, it is not based on a traditional police academy.  The program is not designed to prepare students to be police officers or provide training in the field of law enforcement.


The Academy is 10 weeks long, beginning on September 14th through November 16th, 2021, with one three-hour class each Tuesday evening from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  The Academy culminates in a graduation ceremony during Week 10 that friends and family are welcome to attend.  All classes are held at the Mt. Lebanon Public Safety Center (555 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228), with the exception of one field trip to the Allegheny County Police Training Academy in North Park for scenario-based training using the virtual simulator.

Application Process

Prospective participants for the Citizens Police Academy must:

  • Live or work in Mt. Lebanon
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have no felony convictions, outstanding warrants, or pending criminal cases

All applicants will be required to submit to a criminal background check before acceptance into the Academy.

If you are interested in joining us, submit an application today!  Application forms are available in the rear entrance lobby of the Public Safety Center (555 Washington Road), the customer service desk at the Municipal Building (710 Washington Road) or by clicking HERE.

Completed applications must be returned to the MLPD Crime Prevention Unit via email (jkite@mtlebanon.org), mail (Mt. Lebanon Police Department, ATTN: Cpl. Jeffrey Kite, 555 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228), or by hand at the Public Safety Center.

For additional information, please click HERE.

If you have questions, please contact 
Cpl. Jeffrey Kite at 
or jkite@mtlebanon.org.

Click HERE to read an article written by Merle Jantz from MTL Magazine that highlights his experiences in the MLPD Citizens Police Academy.

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