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What is the Citizen Police Academy? 

Grand Prairie Police Department's Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is an educational program designed to familiarize the public with the nature of police work. Participants are encouraged to share this realistic view of the Department with other citizens. The goal is to improve the efficiency of law enforcement in their neighborhoods through open lines of communication, shared responsibilities and resources. 

Graduates of the Grand Prairie Citizen Police Academy are not trained to be police officers or vigilantes. The purpose of the CPA is to educate attendees so they can make informed judgments about the police department as they become ambassadors of good will to the community.

When is the CPA held?

The Citizen Police Academy holds two classes per year – one in the spring and one in the fall.

The next start date is the first Thursday evening of March (March 5, 2020).

The program is a series of 10 class sessions held on Thursday evenings (starting at 6:30 p.m.) and 3 Saturday sessions. To successfully graduate, each participant is required to attend at least 10 of the 13 sessions.

What is the cost?

There is no cost to attend the CPA.

Who can apply?

Residents who live or work in Grand Prairie are invited to apply. They must:

  • possess a valid Texas driver’s license;
  • agree to a criminal background check;
  • be 21 years old or older;
  • and not convicted of a felony.

How do I apply?

Complete the following application form.