City of Binghamton, New York

Student Citizen Police Academy

The Student Citizen Police Academy is a free 10-class program run by the Binghamton Police Department that allows high school and college students to gain insight into real-life police work and a career in law enforcement. It aims to grow the relationship between law enforcement and the community it serves. 

Started in 2015 under Mayor Richard C. David, the Student Citizen Police Academy is taught by BPD officers and familiarizes students with all units of the Binghamton Police Department. Among the represented units are SWAT, CSI, K-9, Patrol Division, Computer Forensics, DWI, the Special Investigations Unit and the Community Response Team.

Classes are held two evenings a week in the police classroom in City Hall. Students must be at least 16 years old to attend. Any student over the age of 18 is given the opportunity to ride along with a police officer on patrol.

The program culminates in a graduation ceremony attended by members of the Binghamton Police Department’s executive staff and Mayor David. Graduates are presented with a certificate of completion.

People interested in learning about the Student Citizen Police Academy, a career in law enforcement or the Binghamton Police Department in general should call the Crime Prevention Office at (607) 772-7093.