Civilians Police Academy

The Civilians Police Academy (CPA) is an award winning educational program which invites Suffolk County residents to their police academy for specialized training for the purpose of bringing the Police Department and the community closer together. It opens up lines of communication and builds trust between the police and the community. The CPA dispels misconceptions as to how the Police Department operates and lets the public have a better understanding of what their police can and cannot do.

How long is it?

The CPA is a total of 48 hours long. There are 16 sessions (one session per week). Each class is three hours long, starting at 6:30 P.M. and ending at 9:30 P.M.
Usually two academies are run every year. One academy starts in early September, the other in early March.

What will be taught?

Classes are held on various topics, including: Laws of Arrest; Search and Seizure; Use of Force; Traffic Enforcement; Domestic Violence; Narcotics and Homicide Investigations; Bias Crimes; as well as other topics. Additionally, students have the option of riding along with Police Officers from their local precinct for a tour of duty and/or attending a demonstration at the Police firearms range.

Who can apply?

Any resident of Suffolk County. Preference is given to people in active leadership positions in their communities (e.g., members of civic groups, community businesses, neighborhood watch or tax payers associations, elected leaders, school officials, etc.).

What does it cost?

There is no fee or charge of any kind.

How do you apply?

Apply Here
Please send completed application to:
Suffolk County Police
Academy Training Section
502 Wicks Road
Brentwood NY. 11717


You can contact your local precinct’s Commanding Officer