The Citizens Police Academy gives citizens a unique insight into their Police Department.
Academy attendees get instruction on a variety of law enforcement subjects. The classes are taught by men and women of the Oklahoma City Police Department who perform these tasks on a daily basis.
Classes meet once a week, usually Tuesday evening, from 6 until 9 pm, at the Police Training Center, for 12 consecutive weeks.
Attendees get a real "insider's look" at the internal operations of the Department. They learn about laws of arrest, search and seizure, and officer safety techniques. They're shown how meth labs are handled, how the COMIT unit conducts drug interdiction on the highways and learn what it takes to investigate a fatality collision.
Not all the presentations are conducted in the classroom. They see a demonstration of the less-lethal force options employed by officers and can "experience" the TASER, if they choose to do so. They will travel to the Department's Pistol Range and observe the Tactical Team conduct raid training, watch the bomb squad blow up a vehicle and fire full-auto machine guns, among other displays and demonstrations.
These are just some of the things each CPA attendee will experience. Applicants to the CPA are screened through a criminal background check before being accepted into a session. The Training Center continually accepts applications and screens applicants. Successful applicants are notified well in advance of the upcoming session.
Classroom instruction combined with hands-on demonstrations provide an exciting and fun way to learn about the department.
How long is the Academy?
The CPA meets in the evening, once a week, for 12 weeks. The classes are usually three hours long and include a dinner break.
When does it meet?
Two Academy classes are scheduled each year. Citizens who have applied to attend are notified when a class has been scheduled.
Will I be qualified to perform law enforcement services after attending the CPA?
No. The CPA exists solely for the purpose of enhancing community relations and providing a general understanding of the criminal justice system.
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Does the Academy cost anything to attend?
No. All materials are provided free to attendees.
Are there any physical fitness requirements or mandatory activities?
While there no physical fitness requirements or mandatory physical activities, a commitment to consistently attend each evening session is strongly encouraged.
How do I apply?
Download the application and deliver it in person, by mail, fax or e-mail to:
Oklahoma City Police Department
Police Training Center
800 N Portland Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
(405) 947-2166 (fax)