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The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) was introduced in March of 1994 in order to educate San Antonio citizens about the structure and activities of their police department. While the CPA class is not a “training class”, it is an exciting opportunity which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the various functions within the San Antonio Police Department.

The program operates on the premise that informed educated citizens will be supportive of police officers and the Department. Additionally, those completing the program have the potential of becoming more productive within their own neighborhoods and communities. During the program, classroom presentations, lectures and “hands-on” experiences offer participants valuable insight into the operations of the San Antonio Police Department. These experiences along with the two-way communication established, further our effort in improving the quality of life for residential and business communities throughout the city!

CPA is designed to build a bond of mutual trust and respect between the Police Department and our citizens. Additionally, the academy highlights the importance of citizen participation in public safety, so that we as a community may remain free from the fear of crime.

Classes include: Hostage Negotiators, Criminal Investigations, Firearms Training Simulator (F.A.T.S.), Firearms Training, K-9 Unit, S.A.F.F.E./Cellular on Patrol, Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT), Vice/Internet Crimes, Helicopter Unit, Gang Unit and
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Those who successfully complete the CPA program receive a Certificate of Completion and are then eligible to join the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA). CPAAA members meet bi-monthly to discuss on-going operations and needs within the Department. Based on those needs, CPAAA members are given an opportunity to volunteer their services towards specified projects.

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