City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
Citizen's Police Academy

About the Citizen's Police Academy

Twice a year, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police sponsors an opportunity for members of the community to become closely acquainted with the roles and responsibilities of the Police Bureau.  The Pittsburgh Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) brings the police and the community close together in a setting that offers a sample of police training to each participant.

Participants receive three hours of training one evening each week for 15 weeks in many of the varied functions of law enforcement.  They experience some of the highlights of police training and are exposed to the operations of the police bureau.  Participants are taught the basics of criminal law, search and seizure, patrol tactics, firearms and many other subjects.  They learn about the processing of a crime scene, how police canines are used, and are exposed to many of the specialty police units.

Instructors are law enforcement professionals who teach both veteran and recruit police officers. CPA participants meet and talk with street officers as well as the command staff and training staff that serves them.  All this takes place in a safe and entertaining training environment.  Citizens leave this training with a greater understanding of the police mission and with an increased ability to see how the police serve the community.

*This program is not an accredited certification course to become a sworn police officer.*

Class size is limited to 30 participants.  All interested persons must complete an application and give permission for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to conduct a background check to determine if they have a criminal record.  The CPA application can be found here.  Please return applications by U.S. mail or hand-deliver to the Pittsburgh Police Training Academy. 

For more information on the City of Pittsburgh Citizen's Police Academy, please contact Sergeant Eric Kroll  at:

Pittsburgh Police Training Academy
1395 Washington Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15206



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