Community Police Academy

Thank you for your interest in the 2022 Community Police Academy. The application period for the 26th CPA is now closed. Additional class dates will be announced at a later time.   

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In 1998, Arlington County joined a growing number of communities nationwide who were switching to Community Policing, a philosophy and practice that seeks to involve everyone in the safety and welfare of their community.  The Arlington County Community Police Academy (CPA) is a product of this philosophy. In 2022, under the new Community Engagement Division (CED), the CPA was expanded to include the Teen Police Academy. 

Community Police Academy

About the Community Police Academy

The CPA is an educational program designed to create better understanding and communication between police and the community they serve. 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.

Through an immersive, multi-week experience, participants will gain knowledge and understanding of how police officers are trained, their daily work environment, and the wide scope of work they perform in service to the Arlington community. The program includes lectures, panel discussions, question and answer sessions, and hands-on experiences, including a special session at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy. Some of the topics covered in the CPA curriculum include recruitment, legal considerations, use of force, mental health, interventions, homeless outreach, community and youth outreach, criminal investigations, the K9 unit, tactical operations, and patrol operations. 


Academy Information

The CPA is an eight-week program. Classes are presented by Departmental leadership, sworn and civilian staff from across the agency and government partners. Participants will engage in thought-provoking discussions, including those about current events and best practices in law enforcement, and can ask questions of presenters throughout the program.

Classes will take place on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. One session will take place on a Saturday at an off-site location, outside of Arlington County. To receive a graduation certificate, participants must attend at least six out of eight sessions.

 

Application Process

Interested applicants must be at least 18 years old and should live, work, attend school, or be otherwise affiliated or engaged with Arlington community organizations. Due to the nature of the material covered in the CPA, a background check and review of your criminal and police contact history will be completed on each applicant. Class size is limited, and every effort will be made to maintain a balanced enrollment reflective of Arlington’s diverse community. 

Contact Information

For more information about the CPA, contact Sergeant J. Senn of the Community Outreach Unit at ACPDSouthOutreach@arlingtonva.us

 

 

Thank you for your interest in the Summer 2022 Teen Police Academy. The application period for the Teen Academy is now closed. Additional class dates will be announced at a later time.

Teen Police Academy

About the Teen Police Academy

The Arlington County Teen Police Academy is a five-day academy for rising Arlington County 10th – 12th graders who want to explore a career in law enforcement. Through classroom presentations, hands-on learning, scenario training, and field trips, the Teen Police Academy will educate participants about a career in law enforcement, while also giving them a better understanding of how the police department operates and its role in the community. Participants can ask questions of presenters and share their insights throughout the program. Some of the topics covered in the Teen Police Academy curriculum include crime scene investigation, traffic stops, K9 demonstrations, and criminal investigations. 


Academy Information

The academy will be held at the Lubber Run Community Center, Monday, July 18, 2022 – Friday, July 22, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day. Classes are presented by Departmental leadership, sworn and civilian staff from across the agency and government partners.

Participants are responsible for bringing their own lunch during the Teen Academy sessions. Transportation to and from the Teen Academy will be the responsibility of the parents or guardians.

Application Process

Interested applicants must be rising 10th - 12th grade students who attend public or private high schools within Arlington County. There is no cost for students to attend and class sizes are limited to 15 students each session. Every effort will be made to maintain a balanced enrollment reflective of Arlington's diverse community. 

The application period for the Summer 2022 Teen Police Academy is now closed. Additional class dates will be announced at a later time.

Contact Information

For more information about the Teen Police Academy, contact Corporal A. Brown of the Youth Outreach Unit at abrown4@arlingtonva.us.