Citizen's Academy

2023 Saratoga Springs Police Department Citizen's Academy Class

Congratulations to the Bluffdale Police Department 2023 Citizen Academy Graduates. A special thanks to the following Bluffdale residents who graduated this year – Brandon Nielsen, Lisa Gayler, Nick Bruckner, and Kyle Walker. 


The Bluffdale Police Department conducts a Citizen’s Academy in order to promote a better understanding and working knowledge of the Police Department. Our goal is to provide an educational environment for one to learn of the basic duties of the Law Enforcement Officer. In addition, this course will provide a means to dispel myths, perceived suspicions, and misconceptions regarding the practices of Law Enforcement. The Citizen’s Academy presents an opportunity to promote civic awareness.

The Academy will provide an opportunity for classroom presentations and “hands-on” experience for the student. This program will provide valuable insight into the day-to-day operations of a Police agency.


This program is designed to build a bond of mutual trust and respect between the Bluffdale Police Department and the Community it serves. In addition, the Academy highlights the importance of citizen involvement in public safety.


Trained and experienced police officers provide class lectures, discussions, and demonstrations, which allow for student participation.

Each week, different aspects of Law Enforcement will be covered. This allows all participants to acquire a working knowledge of the daily activities that the Bluffdale police officers perform.


Traffic StopsHigh Risk StopsFirearms
Criminal InvestigationDUIBlood Splatter
Virtual SimulatorSpecial Operations/SWATK9
Use of ForceActive AttackerRadar/Lidar


Please contact the police department at (801) 254-2200 ext.446 for the schedule of the next available class.  

Classes are held annually and meet weekly from 6:30-8:30(9) pm. The specific day of the week when classes are held changes with each class. Please contact the police department for the specific day this year’s class will be on. The duration of the Academy is approximately eight to nine (8-9) weeks. The classes are limited in size. Citizens that successfully complete the Academy receive a Certificate of Completion.

Following completion of the Academy, graduates are eligible to apply for a position with the  Bluffdale Police Department “VIPS” (Volunteers in Police Service) Program. The Academy will serve as its prerequisite. For more information about our “VIPS” program see our “VIPS” page.


Class members must be 21 years of age, and with good standing in the community. Applicants must pass a background check and reside and/or work in the City of Bluffdale.