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Citizens Police Academy

Citizens Police Academy is a robust 6-week community training program that provides members of the community with a background and deeper understanding of NYPD policies and activities, as well as the structure and limit of police power. The program replicates and condenses the NYPD recruit training regimen, allowing New Yorkers to gain a deeper understanding of skills and abilities that police officers bring to their work in the community.

CPA sessions include:

  • Interdisciplinary workshops led by Police Academy instructors
  • Discussions with representatives of specialized units
  • Role-playing events and tactical exercises


How to Apply

The NYPD hosts multiple sessions of Citizens Police Academy each year of a rolling basis. Contact your local NYPD Precinct Community Affairs Officer, Neighborhood Coordination Officer, Housing Bureau Police Service Area Community Affairs Officer, or local Transit District for further information. 

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