The Phoenix Police Department's Citizens Police Academy (CPA) began in April 1986 with the intent to provide business and community leaders an inside look at law enforcement. That concept still stands today with over 65 Citizens Police Academies having been completed and hundreds of citizens having learned "what we do, and why we do it."
Applicants must be 21 years of age or older, live and/or work in the City of Phoenix, must pass a required background check, commit to all dates of each academy session*, and must be referred by a former CPA participant or member of the Phoenix Police Department.
A variety of topics may be offered during each academy experience to include: deadly force encounters, drug enforcement and gangs, firearms and decision-making, tactical training, internet crimes, police ethics and professional standards, 9-1-1, crime lab, air support and K9 unit, an overview of investigations surrounding homicides, document crimes, robberies, crimes against children, and demonstrations/equipment displays by the department's Special Assignments Unit.
Graduates of each CPA are offered opportunities to continue their behind-the-scenes law enforcement education by joining the Phoenix Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (PCPAAA). Throughout the year, the PCPAAA hosts continuing education events that are exclusive to dues-paying members of the association.
*Dates to be determined each year