Citizen Police Academy

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​​​​​About the CPA

​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 91 Citizens Police Academies having been completed and hundreds of citizens having learned "what we do, and why we do it."

A variety of topics may be offered during each academy experience to include: deadly force encounters, ​firearms and decision-making, tactical training, 9-1-1 Communications, Crime Lab, Air Support and K9 Unit, an overview of investigations surrounding homicides, and demonstrations/equipment displays by the department's Special Assignments Unit, Dive Team and Bomb Squad. 

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, must pass a required background check, and commit to all dates of each academy session.


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.

  • Visit the PCPAAA web ​site​ for more information