Citizens Police Academy


The Citizens Police Academy Program began in 1993 and is organized by the Operations Support Division. There is normally one CPA sessions per year.


Class members meet on Monday nights over a 10-week period and cover all aspects of police operations. Classes consist of lectures, demonstrations, tours, hands-on participation, and riding along with an officer. Classes are free of charge.

Topics covered include:
  • Communications / 911
  • Patrol Operations
  • Crime Prevention
  • Narcotics
  • Tactical Unit
  • K-9
  • DWI Procedures
  • Family Violence
  • Criminal Investigation / Crime Scene
The Greenville Citizens Police Academy currently has 517 graduates from 33 classes.

Application Process

Citizens Police Academy Application
  • CPA is open to anyone who lives or works in the City of Greenville and is at least 21 years of age.
  • CPA Applications are available at the Police and Courts Building, located at 3000 Lee St. and the Municipal Building, located at 2821 Washington St.
  • Now accepting applications
  • Application deadline: August 29, 2016
  • Class will begin on: September 12, 2016
  • Last day of class: November 14, 2016
  • Banquet - Friday: November 18, 2016

Graduate Opportunities

  • Join other past graduates in the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
  • Continue to work with the Greenville Police Department through volunteering, special projects, and events