In 1998, Arlington County joined a growing number of communities nationwide who were switching to Community Policing, a philosophy and practice that seeks to involve all concerned citizens in the safety and welfare of their community. The Arlington County Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is a product of this philosophy.
About the Citizens Police Academy
The CPA is an educational program designed to create better understanding and communication between police and the citizens they serve. The intent of the CPA is to make residents aware of how the Arlington County Police Department operates and its role in the community. Residents of Arlington County are given an opportunity to increase their understanding of how police officers are trained and to experience the working environment of a police officer.
The CPA is a two-way education process. Academy participants, who often have had limited exposure to the inner workings of a Police Department, will now be presented with the opportunity to voice their concerns and questions about how the Arlington County Police Department functions. The Department will have an opportunity to get an understanding of how citizens feel about their Police Department.
Some of the topics of discussion include: police hiring, legal considerations, use of force, vehicle operations, community engagement, K9, SWAT and mental health crisis intervention.
2019 Academy Information
The CPA is a twelve-week program beginning on Thursday, September 19, 2019. Classes are presented by officers, civilian staff and volunteers of the police department and participants have an opportunity to voice their concerns and questions about how the department functions.
Classes will be held on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at police headquarters located at 1425 North Courthouse Road, Arlington, Virginia. Two sessions will meet on a Saturday at an off-site location. To receive a graduation certificate, participants must attend at least 10 out of 12 sessions.
Interested applicants must be at least 18 years old and reside or work in Arlington County. Due to the nature of the material being covered and that the CPA is held in a secure facility, a background check will be completed on each applicant. Class size is limited, and every effort will be made to maintain a balanced enrollment reflective of the total community.