Citizen's Police Academy

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About the Citizen's Police Academy

The Citizens Police Academy is an opportunity for participants in the CPA to learn more about a variety of topics including Investigations, Patrol, Gang Awareness, 9-11 Communications, Crime Scene Evidence Collection, Firearms Training, and much more.

The Albany Police Department Citizen's Academy (APDCA) is an effort of the Albany Police Department to advance the knowledge and understanding of our community in regards to the functions, training, and operations of the police department.

The training sessions have three objectives. First, they will provide an understanding of the functions of the police department and how the department interacts with the Criminal Justice System. Secondly, citizens will learn how the Albany Police Department responds to the needs of the community through Community Oriented Policing. Finally, citizens will have "hands-on" training in areas that the police department utilizes in solving crimes.

After the completion of each of the twelve (12) sessions, each participant will graduate and receive a diploma from the APDCPA. Every participant will not be ready to wear a uniform and work as a police officer, but the Department hopes that each person will have a better understanding of what crime is; the role of police officers in problem-solving; and, the relationship between the community and the police in solving a crime.


All potential participants have to submit an application before being considered for the CPA Program. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Anyone interested in participating in the Albany Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy can go to the City’s website to pre-register by downloading an application. The program is free and open to the public.



Admission to the program is open to anyone who is at least 18-years of age or older, has a good standing in the community, and is a resident of the City of Albany. A further consideration is given to applicants who pass a thorough background check.

For More Information

For more information on the session schedule or application, you can contact CPA Coordinator, Cpl. Dillard Glover at (229) 431-2100 ext. 2789 during regular business hours (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). 




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