Citizen Police Academy (CPA)

The Citizen Police Academy provides an opportunity for citizens to learn firsthand about police operations. Through a series of lectures, field trips, and simulated activities, citizens are provided training similar to that of an actual police officer. The Academy benefits the community and the department because it builds relationships and creates a cadre of citizens who are better informed about the reality of police work.

Classes are offered twice a year: fall (September - December) and spring (February - May). A minimum of 15 citizens must be enrolled in the academy in order for the classes to be held.

Brochure & Application



The academy runs for 8 weeks, and classes are held once a week on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with the exception of one Saturday set aside for the firing range.


Classes are held at the Police Department's Headquarters located at:
9710 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA 23605

Sample Curriculum

  • Probable cause, officer safety and use of force
  • Criminal investigations
  • Gangs
  • K-9
  • Overview of Community Outreach


Must be a minimum of 18 years of age. Applicant must be either a Newport News resident, business owner, or employed in the city. Applicant must be able to pass a criminal history background check.