Police Citizen’s Academy

Spring Academy

The Police Citizen's Academy is a 5 week 10 session series of classes that provides an overview of the Kennewick Police Department's operations and functions. Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursday evenings for approximately 2 1/2 hours each night. Citizen Academy is conducted annually in the Spring. If you're interested in attending applications are being accepted. Classes will start April 13, 2020 and end May 14, 2020. Application Form

  • Patrol Procedures and Traffic Enforcement
  • Detectives and Narcotics
  • Internet Crimes
  • Evidence Collection and Crime Scene Investigations
  • Crime Prevention
  • CAT and SWAT Teams
  • Firearms
  • Gangs and Graffiti
  • K-9 Unit
  • Youth Services
  • Code Enforcement
  • Tour of Dispatch Center
  • Tour of Benton County Jail
  • Tour of Benton County Juvenile Justice Center
  • Volunteer Program (CHIPS)
  • Plus more



The Kennewick Police Department volunteer program started in 1994. C.H.I.P.S. (Citizens Helping in Police Services) is committed to enhancing the mission of the Kennewick Police Department by:
  • Being a resource to assist department personnel when needed
  • Supporting each other and fostering development of the volunteer program
  • Collaborating with the City of Kennewick in "Building a Better Community" 
Prior to acceptance into the volunteer program with the Kennewick Police, a citizen must complete the annual Citizens Academy held each spring. C.H.I.P.S. provides a positive impact on the community due to the services that they provide. They meet monthly at the Police Department as a means for training and for guest speakers. Tasks are many and varied.  Check our Volunteer Opportunity Section for open volunteer opportunities.
  • Handicapped Parking Enforcement
  • Abandoned Vehicle Tagging
  • Radar Reader Board Deployment
  • Water Storage Security
  • Vehicle Maintenance 
  • Found Bicycle Recovery
  • Administrative Support
  • Mail Run
  • Special Events Support
  • Fleet Maintenance