Community Police Academy

The Eleven-Week Community Police Academy (CPA), held twice a year in the spring and again in the fall is designed to educate the public in the operations of the Seattle Police Department (SPD), while also giving the Department an opportunity to obtain valuable feedback from the community. The purpose of the Community Police Academy is to increase understanding between the SPD and community members who reside inside or outside of Seattle through education and interaction.

Community participants will become familiar with various facets of the SPD and gain insight into law enforcement's role in the criminal justice system and the daily work of police employees. With increased understanding, Seattle's community and police can work together and achieve realistic solutions to neighborhood problems relating to crime, fear of crime, and neighborhood decay. This class is both fun and educational and often challenges the myths and images of law enforcement by providing a realistic view of police procedures.

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Maggie Olsen
Program Manager
(206) 684-8672
margaret.olsen@seattle.gov

Who can participate?

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must pass a records check. [ View Standards ]
  • The program is free.
  • Individuals who are active in their communities are encouraged to apply.

Instructors are officers and personnel from the Department who are experts in their fields. The classroom atmosphere is positive and highly interactive. Students are encouraged to ask questions and discuss topics of interest with instructors.

SPD offers an eleven-week evening Community Police Academy twice a year in the spring and again in the fall. The Department also offers a One-Day Academy quarterly for those who have an interest in the eleven-week sessions but can’t make the time commitment. The One-Day Academy provides a brief overview of a number of the classes that are given during the eleven-week sessions.

Apply to the Eleven-Week CPA:

The next Eleven-Week Academy will start on: Thursday, September 7, 2017 (ends Thursday, November 16, 2017)

Eleven Week Application
Eleven Week Application

Space is very limited and all applicants must pass a records check. Be sure to sign your application and include a copy of your ID. Return your application by Friday, July 28, 2017  to the address listed on the application or to margaret.olsen@seattle.gov

What is covered during the Eleven-Week CPA?

  • Office of Professional Accountability
  • Criminal Justice Process / Mock Trail
  • Constitutional Law: Criminal Law, Arrest Procedures, and Search and Seizure
  • Patrol Operations and Procedures
  • Public Affairs Unit
  • 9-1-1 Communications
  • Crimes Against Property
  • Use of Force, Officer Safety and Defensive Tactics
  • Force Investigations Team
  • Narcotics
  • Arson/Bomb
  • Domestic Violence / Victim Support Team
  • Firearms Classroom Training
  • Shoot/Don't Shoot / Mock Scenes
  • Bias Crimes
  • Sex Offender Information
  • SWAT/Hostage Negotiations Team
  • Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)
  • Elder Abuse
  • Internet Crimes against Children
  • K-9 / SPD Recruiting

ONE-DAY COMMUNITY POLICE ACADEMY

Apply to the One-Day CPA

The next One-Day CPA accepting participants will be held: TBA

Space is very limited and all applicants must pass a records check. Be sure to sign your application and include a copy of your ID. Return your application to margaret.olsen@seattle.gov

What is covered during the One-Day CPA?

The One-Day CPA provides a brief overview of a number of classes given during the regular sessions.

Get a look at topics such as: 

  • Constitutional Law: Criminal Law, Arrest Procedures, and Search and Seizure
  • Patrol Operations and Procedures
  • Arson/Bomb
  • Prism Firearms Simulator (a use of force firearms training simulator)
  • Tracking and explosive detection canines