ARLINGTON, VA—The Arlington County Police Department is now accepting applications for the 24th Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA). The CPA is an educational program designed to create better understanding and communication between police and the community they serve.
According to the county police department, the intent of the CPA is to make participants aware of how the Arlington County Police Department operates and its role in the community. Participants are given an opportunity to increase their understanding of how police officers are trained and to experience the working environment of a police officer.
Some of the topics of covered in the CPA curriculum include: police hiring, legal considerations, use of force, mental health and crisis interventions, homelessness, business outreach, criminal investigations, the K9 unit, tactical operations, and patrol operations. The CPA will be an interactive, discussion-based learning experience featuring panel discussions, as well as practical exercises and hands-on training.