Introduction and History to PhoenIx Police Department’s CiTizen Police Academy

The Phoenix Police Department's Citizen 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 76 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 (alumni member) or member of the Phoenix Police Department.  The application is on the website.

A variety of topics may be offered during each academy experience which may include: Deadly Force Encounters, Drug Enforcement,  Gangs and Bias Crimes, Firearms and Decision-Making-Tactical Training, Internet crimes, Police Ethics and Professional Standards, 911and Dispatch Communications,  Crime Lab,  Air Support and K9 unit.  In addition, 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.  Currently dues are $25.00 per year and are payable by check or credit card or PayPal.  Topics have included Body Cam Program, Traffic/DUI, Homeland Security, and Airport Operations will be upcoming.

For more information, you can contact us online here at the website, or email Officer Joel Leavitt.  Someone will be in touch with you shortly thereafter.

We hope to see you soon in a CPA class!

Article written by/or information provided by Alumni

Angelica Gutierrez