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Citizens Police Academy

The Citizens Police Academy is an accelerated civilian training program, established to provide members of the community with a background and understanding of NYPD policies and activities, as well as the structure and limit of police power. Familiarity with these principles is the key to understanding the actions and reactions of police officers in the greater community. The Citizens Police Academy training seeks to improve police/community relations through educating the public about police work.

The 10-week program replicates and condenses the NYPD recruit training regimen, allowing civilian New Yorkers to gain a finer understanding of skills and abilities that police officers bring to a community partnership. Since its inception in 1993, the program has trained thousands of New Yorkers in the very same concepts and content as taught to NYPD recruits.

Each session addresses key NYPD initiatives in lectures, videos, roleplaying events, tactical exercises, and interdisciplinary workshops led by Police Academy instructors and representatives of other specialized units. Curricular coursework touches on domestic violence, gang violence, mental health, firearms simulation, counterterrorism, and use of force. Lessons are continuously revised to ensure content is current and relevant.

How to Apply

Contact your local NYPD Precinct Community Affairs Officer, Neighborhood Coordination Officer, Housing Bureau Police Service Area Community Affairs Officer, or local Transit District for further information. Submit your name for inclusion for the upcoming training.