Citizens’ Police Academy


To apply to participate in the next Nixa Citizen’s Police Academy class, select the “Student Application” tab to complete and submit our online form.

Upcoming Program Dates

The next class is scheduled to begin on August 1, 2024. We will be accepting student applications until July 15, 2024.

The Nixa Citizens’ Police Academy is designed to increase understanding between adult citizens and the police through education. With a better understanding, it becomes easier for police and citizens to find realistic solutions to neighborhood problems.

Students who enroll in this free course will interact with various police staff while learning about their training, responsibilities, and work experiences. This program also provides the Nixa Police Department with an opportunity to answer citizen questions and learn how we can continually improve our service to the community.

Course Description

  • 11-week course
  • Classes are held Thursday evenings from 6 pm-9:30 pm
  • FREE
  • Dinners included
  • Offered once each year, normally beginning in August (Course date pending)

Topics Discussed

  • Traffic, DWI, and drug enforcement
  • Domestic violence
  • Officer safety and defensive tactics
  • Use of force
  • Investigations
  • Evidence processing
  • Court testimony
  • Animal Control
  • K-9 demonstration
  • Nixa Emergency Tactical Team (NETT) demonstration

Students will learn through hands-on experiences including

  • Mock traffic stops
  • Mock domestic disturbance response
  • Providing testimony in a mock trial
  • Firearms training
  • Tour of the Nixa Police Department
  • Tour of the Christian County Court and Jail facilities
  • Patrol ride-along
Course Lessons

This Tab Under Construction

This tab may not be ready in time for website launch. We can add it later. This would be an FAQ which answers many of the questions citizens have about our department and why we do things the way we do. Or, this tab could eventually have embedded video lessons from the course that anyone could watch.


The Nixa Police Department has offered a Citizens’ Police Academy every year since 2011, with the exception of 2020, due to the COVID pandemic. The graduates of each year’s class are eligible to join the Nixa Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association (NCPAAA). This group meets on a monthly basis to support our police department.

Check out the class photos for previous Academy Classes

Student Application

The Nixa Police Department receives more student applications each year than we have the capacity in the class. The current maximum capacity for a class is 20 students. By requiring applications, the department is able to prioritize applicants on a first-come-first-served basis, with priority given to Nixa residents and business owners. People who applied the previous year but were not accepted are also considered. All applicants are subject to a criminal record and background check.