SPD Community Police Academy

The purpose of the Community Police Academy (CPA) 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. It's designed to educate the community on the daily work and operations of the Seattle Police Department (SPD), while also giving the Department an opportunity to obtain valuable feedback from the community. With increased understanding, Seattle's community and police can work together and achieve realistic solutions to neighborhood problems relating to crime, fear of crime.

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. 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.

How to apply?

  • The training is free.
  • Applicants must be 18 years old or older, and agree to a background check.  Individuals who are active in their communities are encouraged to apply. Space is very limited. 
  • Be sure to sign your application and include a copy of your ID.
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Return your application to the address listed on the application.

What is covered during the CPA?

You will learn about: (topics are subject to change)

  • Office of Professional Accountability
  • Constitutional Law: Criminal Law, Arrest Procedures, and Search and Seizure
  • Criminal Justice Process
  • 9-1-1 Communications
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Use of Force, Officer Safety and Defensive Tactics
  • Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)
  • Force Investigations Team
  • Shoot/Don't Shoot/Mock Scenes
  • Traffic-DUI Unit
  • Narcotics
  • Navigation Team
  • Domestic Violence/Victim Support Team
  • Precinct Operations and Procedures
  • K-9/SWAT/Hostage Negotiations Team
  • SPD Recruiting & Community Outreach

Upcoming Community Police Academy Dates

Classes are once a week on every Wednesday evening from 5:30-9:30pm

Spring 2020 March 4, 2020- May 13th, 2020

Fall 2020 September 9, 2020


Seattle Police Training Center - 2203 Airport Way So (Building C)

One-Day Community Police Academy

The Department also offers a One-Day Academy quarterly for those who have an interest in the longer academy 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 nine-week sessions.

The next One-Day CPA 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 the address on the application.

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