Individuals interested in attending must complete an application.
Seats are limited and participants must pass a background check.

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Columbus Division of Police
Attn: CPA Coordinator
1000 N Hague Ave.
Columbus, OH 43204
Fax: (614) 645-4246
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The next session of the Citizen Police Academy will be held August 16th-November 8th.  Classes will be held on Wednesday nights from 6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.  Applications for this session are now being accepted!

What is the Citizen Police Academy? The Citizen Police Academy is a free community education program intended to build lasting relationships between program participants and the Columbus Division of Police, with the ultimate goal of reducing crime and achieving the best police service in the Columbus community. The program will give people an inside look at the values, philosophies, and operations of the Division, while at the same time serving as an open forum for questions, discussion, and the exchange of ideas. Both participants and Division personnel will be better able to dispel concerns and misconceptions, improving police and community rapport.

What topics are covered? Participants will have the opportunity to tour many of the Division facilities, which may include the Training Academy, Crime Lab, Heliport, SWAT Unit, Mounted Unit, and Radio Room. Subject-matter experts from all over the Division will provide instruction on topics such as the function of patrol officers, ABC’s of policing, defensive tactics, internal affairs, and laws of arrest, search, and seizure. Participants will also learn about how individuals become police officers and about the on-going training that officers receive.  - sample schedule

When is the Academy? The Citizen Police Academy runs for thirteen weeks and classes are held one evening a week for three hours. Classes will primarily convene at the Columbus Police Training Academy, and typically last from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Participation in the academy requires a substantial commitment, and any participant who misses more than two classes will not be able to graduate.

Who can apply? Any member of the Columbus community who meets the following criteria:
1. Must be a city resident, work in the city, own a business / property, or have other strong ties to the City of Columbus.
2. Must be able to make a commitment to attend the twelve week course.
3. Must be 18 years of age or older.
Criteria that will disqualify an applicant can be found here. - learn more