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's Academy is conducted annually in the Spring. Due to COVID-19 the Spring Academy has been canceled.

  • 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