The Irving Police Department (IPD) Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is an educational program designed to provide the public with a working knowledge of the Irving Police Department’s personnel and policies. The CPA was developed with the belief that education is the key to understanding and with understanding comes a more open line of communication.

The 2014 CPA program are scheduled to start on two dates:

English:  Tuesday, Feb. 4 – Download the application

Spanish:  Monday, Feb. 3 – Class is full. Applications for fall session will be accepted in late April.

The training program is a series of 14 classes, held once each week for three hours. It consists of classroom and hands-on instruction, with each session facilitated by IPD staff from the particular area of expertise. Topics covered include:

  • Officer Selection and Training Process
  • Police Communications
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Domestic Violence
  • Gang Unit
  • Narcotics Investigations
  • Tactical Operations
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Firearms Training

Instruction also includes facility tours and the opportunity to participate in the patrol “ride-along” program.

The academy is held twice each year – in the spring and in the fall. Classes are held each Tuesday evening from 7 to 10 p.m. To graduate, each participant is required to attend at least 11 of the 14 classes. Two classes are scheduled on Saturday as well.

There is no cost for the academy. Graduates of the Irving Citizen Police Academy are not trained to be police officers or vigilantes. The purpose of the academy is to provide information to attendees to allow them to make informed judgments about the police department. Participants learn a day in the life of an Irving officer assigned to a particular field.

IPD believes that the continued availability of the academy improves police/community relations through this education process. In turn, the department learns more about concerns of the community through the participants’ interaction and input, creating a coalition of citizens and police working together to make the City of Irving an even safer place to work and live.

Classes are limited to 25 students. Completed applications should be submitted via fax to (972) 721-3731 or in person at the Irving Police Department, 305 N. O’Connor Road, Attn: Officer Brian Crum. For more information, contact the Irving Citizen Police Academy Coordinator at (972) 721-7778 (English) or (214) 287-6314 (Spanish).

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