Citizens Police Academy

Since it began in September of 2000, the West Fargo Citizens Police Academy has been very popular. This program is designed to increase the understanding between citizens and the police through hands on training. In addition to specialized classroom training, citizens are exposed to patrol duties with Police Department Officers. Citizens will participate in a wide range of training from classroom sessions to actual training scenarios.

Citizens Police Academy participants are not actually trained for police work. However, participants will have a better understanding of the West Fargo Police Department operations and the day to day responsibilities and duties that officers are tasked with on a regular basis. Through your participation in the Citizens Police Academy program you will have greater understanding of the West Fargo Police Department and you will be promoting community awareness which in itself is the most powerful force any law enforcement agency has in the fight against crime.


There is no fee for joining the West Fargo Citizens Police Academy.


The basic requirements are to be a citizen of West Fargo, or currently work within West Fargo, and to be 20 years of age or older.

Application Process

Fill out the Online Application (PDF) and drop it off at the West Fargo Police Department or mail it to :
Citizens Police Academy
West Fargo Police Department
800 4 Avenue E
Suite 2
West Fargo, ND 58078

What Happens Next

Officer Rhonda Jorgensen will accept the Applications (PDF) in the order they arrive. The West Fargo Police Department will conduct a background check. After that, Officer Jorgensen will contact the applicants in regards to being accepted or not into the next Citizens Police Academy.


Fill out this form if you would like to be contacted with the next Citizens Police Academy's registration is open.

Spring 2019 Schedule

  • March 7       Welcome Night/Street Crimes
  • March 21     Fire Dept./Narcotics
  • March 28     K-9/Taser
  • April 4          Dispatch/DUI
  • April 18        SWAT/Bomb Team/Negotiations
  • April 25        Jail Tour/Chaplin’s/SRO/CLO
  • May 1           Firearms/FATS
  • May 2           Investigations/Registered Offenders
  • May 9           Traffic Stops
  • May 16         Graduation (at West Fargo Police Department)