Volunteer Initiatives Program
Citizens' Police Academy (CPA)
The Houston Citizens’ Police Academy (CPA) was organized in 1989 and offers citizens the opportunity to learn about the internal operations of the Houston Police Department. The Citizens’ Police Academy speakers, (mostly Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice experts in their fields), provide lectures, demonstrations, tours, and hands-on activities for Academy participants.
The overall objective of the Academy is to provide citizens with sound and accurate information about HPD and the criminal justice process so citizens are able to make informed decisions regarding issues / matters involving the police department and/or police activity. Participants will be able to share their experiences and learned information with family, friends, co-workers, and their community to further improve and strengthen community-police relations.
Each week, a different discipline or area of HPD is presented such as: Houston Emergency Center (police dispatch), Pursuit Driving, SWAT Detail, Shoot-Don’t Shoot training exercises, Firearms Training, Mounted Patrol Division, and Helicopter Division.
Citizens also participate in the department’s Ride-Along program, which allows citizens the opportunity to ride in a police car with a patrol officer.
ACADEMY COST, DATES, AND LOCATION
- Cost: ALL CLASSES ARE FREE!
- Dates: The Citizens’ Police Academy is usually held twice a year and involves a 33-hour block of instruction, consisting of a three-hour class, every week for 11 weeks. The times of the class are usually 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The first day of class is Orientation and the last day is Graduation.
- Spring Session: (March through May)
- Fall Session: (September through November)
- Location: Houston Police Department Academy, 17000 Aldine Westfield 77070 (some sessions are held at various HPD locations such as Hobby Airport)
For registration information email HPDCPA@houstonpolice.org.
********THIS IS NOT AN APPLICATION TO BECOME A POLICE OFFICER********
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