SPD Community Police Academy

The purpose of the Community Police Academy is to help participants 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.

About the program

Our 5-week-long Community Police Academy program is free! The CPA provides a fun, learning experience and insight into real-world police procedures.  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.

Upcoming Community Police Academy Dates - Submission deadline: 4/03/2024 by 5:00pm PST.
Start date: April 16th, 2024

Classes are once a week on every Tuesday evening from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Application Process

Submission deadline: 4/03/2024 by 5:00pm PST.

Send your completed application packet and a clear photocopy of your driver's license or State ID to: henry.liu@seattle.gov

To be considered for the Community Police Academy, applicants must be 18 years old or older and:

  • Complete your application and answer the supplemental questions.
  • Attach a photocopy of driver's license or State ID Card.
  • Signed acknowledgment of the CPA's "Rules of Conduct"
  • Signed photo release form
  • Must pass a Seattle Police Department background investigation. Failure to submit a complete package may result in your application not being considered.

What is covered during the Community Police Academy?

  • 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


SPD Facility:
Park 90/5

2203 Airport Way S.


Sue Rahr, Interim Chief of Police
Address: 610 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104-1900
Mailing Address: PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA, 98124-4986
Phone: (206) 625-5011
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The Seattle Police Department (SPD) prevents crime, enforces laws, and supports quality public safety by delivering respectful, professional, and dependable police services. SPD operates within a framework that divides the city into five geographical areas called "precincts".