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Time to apply for city's Citizen's Police Academy


Applications are now being taken for the Pittsburgh Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA). Twice a year, CPA brings the police and the community close together in a setting that offers civilians insight into the roles and responsibilities of the Bureau of Police. 

The next session begins on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Pittsburgh Police Headquarters, 1203 Western Ave. The program will be held each Tuesday evening 6:30-9:30 p.m. for 15 weeks. 

Participants receive three hours of training one evening each week for 15 weeks in many of the varied functions of law enforcement. They experience some of the highlights of police training and are exposed to the operations of the police bureau.

Participants are taught the basics of criminal law, search and seizure, patrol tactics, firearms and many other subjects. They learn about the processing of a crime scene, how police canines are used, and are exposed to many of the specialty police units.

CPA participants meet and talk with many of the street officers as well as the command staff and training staff that serves them. All this takes place in a safe and entertaining training environment. 

Instructors are law enforcement professionals who teach both veteran and recruit police officers. Students leave this training with a greater understanding of the police mission and with increased knowledge of how the police serve the community.

Class size is limited to 30 participants. This program is not an accredited certification course to become a sworn police officer. All interested persons must complete an application and give permission for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to conduct a criminal background check.

The application can be found at

Return applications by U.S. mail or hand-deliver to the Pittsburgh Police Training Academy, 1395 Washington Blvd. Applications are due Sept. 3.


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