No Current Classes: There are currently no CPA classes scheduled at this time. Please check back periodically for updates.


The Citizens Police Academy is held as part of our community policing initiative to provide our citizens with education and information, as well as to create partnerships that benefit the community. The Academy consists of a series of classes held once a week for approximately 8 weeks. The classes provide information on the skills and abilities required of officers and the resources they use to perform their job. The program is not intended to train participants to perform law enforcement duties, but rather to inform the community about the department’s operations. In doing so, the Department hopes to address some of the public misconceptions about policing. The goal of the Citizens Police Academy is to ensure that interested citizens possess a greater understanding of what is involved with policing in today’s environment.

Topics Covered

Attendees of the academy will be exposed to many different topics, including law enforcement training, criminal investigations, patrol, policies, specialized units, medical care, constitutional/criminal law, and the court process. Instruction and presentations covering all topics will be conducted through a mix of lectures, demonstrations, and physical interaction in order to inspire and engage adult learners.

Who Can Attend

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll and the class is free of charge.

When is the next Academy?

Due to the covid-19 pandemic there are no classes scheduled at this time. Please check back periodically for updates

 How to Apply

Download and complete the Citizen’s Police Academy Application. Applications can be dropped at the police department or via mail.

Citizen's Police Academy Application

Mail to:
Southwick Police Department
CPA Academy
11 Depot Street
Southwick MA, 01077