Citizens Police Academy

Information on the Citizen Police Academy

The Cincinnati Police Department began its first Citizens Police Academy in 1995. Since that time, we have graduated more than 900 civic minded individuals. The Cincinnati Police Department's Citizens Police Academy is an 8 week program designed to provide better understanding between citizens and the police through education. The CPD hosts two annual sessions, one in the spring and one in the fall.



If you live or work in the city and are interested in participating in the next session submit an application online.



All classes are led by law enforcement professionals at the Cincinnati Police Academy, 800 Evans Street. Classroom time includes presentations and information regarding:

  • Organizational Overview
  • Professional Standards
  • Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Terrorism Early Warning Group
  • Laws of Arrest
  • Criminal Investigation Process
  • Mental Health Response Team
  • Gangs
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Awareness
  • Traffic Contacts
  • Use of Force
  • Personal Safety



Participants will also have a chance to experience the role of a police officer through the use of a firearms simulator



Only participants who can dedicate the time to attend at least 5 of the 8 sessions should apply.

  1. You must be 18 years of age or older to attend the Citizens Police Academy (CPA). Individuals under the age of 18 must have approval from the Training and Development Section Commander.
  2.  A criminal history check will be conducted on each applicant. Applicants with questionable criminal records will be admitted only upon approval of the Training and Development Section Commander.
  3. Participants are required to wear appropriate attire and their identification badges (provided at the first session) during all training activities. Identification badges are to be returned to the Training Staff after each class.
  4. Participants are required to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. Failure to comply may lead to dismissal.
  5. Participants are not permitted to carry weapons.


Accepted participants will receive a confirmation letter and a map via E-Mail

Class size is limited. Priority is given to persons living and/or working within the City of Cincinnati.

Please contact the Academy at 513-357-7552 with any questions.