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The Charleston Police Department has an exciting and different Academy
CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY (CPA). The curriculum and training are not what you
students are a diverse group of people including Business Persons, Doctors,
Legal Staff, Media Representatives, Homemakers, School Teachers, Clergy,
Retirees, and Citizens from all walks of life. They share an interest in
learning more about police work.
CPA was adopted from a similar program in Orlando, Florida and is coordinated by
the Community Services Division of the Charleston Police Department. The CPA is
designed to increase understanding between citizens and the Police Department
through training and education. The classes are on Tuesday evenings
from 6:30 pm to 9:15 pm during the 12 week term (no classes during Kanawha Co.
Schools Spring Break), plus the optional field classes. The course
covers various aspects of police work, including: police administration, patrol
operations, investigations, narcotics, traffic, criminal laws, SWAT, K-9s,
bicycles, street crimes, domestic violence, youth and safety programs, and
addition to classroom training, CPA students are given field opportunities:
Ride-along with Patrol Officers
Train on the CPD
"Shooting Simulator," an interactive video system used to train
officers in life-like use-of-force and shooting option scenarios
Although graduates of the Citizen
Police Academy are not prepared for street duty, they acquire a better
understanding of the police and their operations. Graduates gain greater
appreciation of the challenges and decisions police officers confront every day,
as well as investigative techniques. College students have previously applied
this educational program to class credit.
Community involvement is the most powerful force any Law Enforcement Agency has
in the fight against crime. Through the CPA, you can get involved in making
a better place to live, visit or work. Graduates are invited to join the CPA Alumni
Association to continue their relationship with the Charleston Police
Department. This independent group, composed of graduates of the CPA
classes completed since 1998, acts positively for the benefit of both police and
you would like to attend the CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY please contact the Community
Services Division of the Charleston Police Department at (304) 348-6411, ext. 20 or fax
(304) 348-6815 for an application or click on the link at the top of this page,
print the application and send it to the Charleston Police Department..
Our Mission Statement
To forge a working relationship with the Charleston
Police Department, the citizens of Charleston and surrounding communities.
To provide the Charleston Police Department with
assistance to carry out its duties to the community and its citizens.
To increase public knowledge, awareness and
confidence in the Charleston Police Department.