The Citizens Police Academy (CPA) consists of a twelve-week curriculum educating the community about the functions of the Centerville Police Department and how it operates within the structure of local government. The CPA is recognized by many citizens as one of our best programs and presents a great opportunity for them to expand their knowledge about the function of law enforcement in the community.
The class is offered during the winter and fall (two sessions) each year. The course is open to twenty-five students and is free to the public.
The course discusses many topics including domestic violence, traffic crashes, traffic enforcement, use of force, victim/witness advocates, records/communications, polygraph, rules of evidence, policies and procedures, and drug enforcement. Hands on opportunities are offered in traffic stop simulations, firearms, and crime scene investigation.
Rolling enrollment is offered by completing a registration form that is available in the police lobby or it can be downloaded from this website.
(Persons charged/convicted of a felony or a crime of violence will not be permitted to enroll.)
Those who have successfully completed the CPA have continued their interest in law enforcement through volunteerism, membership in the CPA Alumni Association, and their general knowledge shared throughout the community.