The goal of the Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is to promote a better relationship between law enforcement and the community it serves through education and hands-on learning.
The Citizen’s Police Academy is an eleven week program, which meets one night per week, typically January through April. Past academies have had training topics such as: police officer selection and training; search and seizure; ethical issues; use of force; firearms; defensive tactics; drug investigations; bomb and SWAT team overviews; and a tour of the Johnson County Jail. Each student will also have the opportunity to ride along with a patrol officer as they perform their duties. The eleventh week will conclude with a graduation ceremony.
We have found the Citizen’s Police Academy to be especially effective in enhancing communication between officers and citizens. At the conclusion of the program, participants have a better understanding of the demands placed upon their police officers, while at the same time officers gain valuable insight and feedback from the citizens they serve. The 16th Annual Citizen’s Police Academy will meet every Monday night beginning January 28th – April 8th, 2013. Applications are now available at the Iowa City Police Department and are due by January 18th.
- Coralville: Officer Ben Hayden, Coralville Police Department, 1503 5th St., Coralville, IA 52241. Phone: 319-248-1800.
- Iowa City: Officer Jorey Bailey at 319-356-5273, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Limited Class Size
Due to limited class size, participants will be selected by application. To ensure that those interested have a chance to participate, citizens may not be enrolled in the program more than twice.
Course Dates and Times
The Citizens Police Academy will meet once a week for eleven weeks for classroom and hands-on instruction. CPA will be held every Monday evening from 6:30pm – 9:30pm beginning January 27th to April 7th, 2014.
A $25 participation fee is required to help cover the cost of materials and supplies.