Topics and demonstrations during the academy may include:
- Police Ethics and Professional Standards
- Drug and Gang Enforcement
- Traffic and D.U.I. Laws
- Deadly Force Encounters / Officer-Involved Shootings
- Firearms and Decision-Making
- Tactical Training
- Investigations – Homicide, Robbery, Document Crimes, Crimes Against Children
- Internet Crimes
- Special Assignment Unit
- Radio and 911
- Air Support and K-9 Unit
- Crime Lab
Successful applicants must be 21 or older, pass a required background check, and live or work in Phoenix. Participants are required to commit to attending all four Thursday evening classes. Graduates of the Citizens Police Academy are offered exclusive opportunities to continue their law enforcement education and relationship with the department through continuing education classes hosted throughout the year by the CPA Alumni Association.
Download an application for the next class. For more information, email Connie Tyler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Phoenix Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy began in April 1986 with the intent to provide business and community leaders an inside look at law enforcement. Currently (June 2011), 58 classes have been completed with hundreds of citizens graduating after having learned “what we do and why we do it.”
When and where are CPA classes held?
Citizens Police Academy (CPA) classes are offered at various times throughout the year to adults (21 years and over) who have completed and passed a required background check. Classes generally are held on Thursday evenings between 6:00-9:00 p.m. for a period ranging from four to five weeks. Citizens attending the sessions have an exclusive opportunity to visit various police facilities where training allows them hands-on experience along with classroom discussion and exchanges. Academy classes are taught by police executives and veteran officers. The sessions encourage citizens to ask questions and express any concerns they may have regarding police and community interactions.
CPA graduates have exclusive continuing education and involvement opportunities!
Graduates of each CPA session are offered opportunities to continue their behind-the-scenes law enforcement education through additional CPA Continuing Education classes hosted by the CPA Alumni Association. The PCPAAA board is comprised of dues-paying alumni who facilitate fundraising for the CPA program and provide a direct communication link between CPA alumni and the Phoenix Police Department. The PCPAAA board maintains an alumni roster and recruits volunteers from that roster to assist with CPA events.