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The Citizens’ Police Academy (CPA) is designed for selected community-oriented citizens. The CPA includes detailed information on police topics such as uniformed patrol, special investigations (i.e., vice and narcotics), crime scene investigation, SWAT, K9 and many other areas of interest. Also included in the curriculum is a tour of the police station and communications center. A firearms familiarization course is also covered one Saturday where participants will be given a chance to test their skills at the firing range.
This in-depth academy runs for fourteen (14) consecutive weeks with classes meeting every Thursday night from 6:30PM - 9:30PM. The 2013 Academy will begin on August 15, 2013 and conclude on November 14, 2013 with a graduation ceremony for participants and their families.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. You do not have to reside within the city of Lakeland to be accepted. APPLY ONLINE or DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION. Completed applications should be mailed to the address below.
Lakeland Police Department
Attn: Supervisor - Community Services Unit
219 N. Massachusetts Avenue
Lakeland, Florida 33801
Although graduates of the CPA are not prepared for street duties, they do have a better understanding of the Lakeland Police Department and a greater awareness and appreciation of the challenges and decisions faced by Lakeland police officers each day.
The Lakeland Police Department is committed to fostering positive Citizen-Police interaction and cooperation. One effective way to achieve this goal is through citizen education into the philosophy of community-oriented policing.