CPA Program Overview

The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is a program that is designed to give people who reside or work in the City of Pembroke Pines a working knowledge of the Pembroke Pines Police Department.  It’s conducted in a classroom and “out-in-the-field” setting by officers and specialized personnel from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to give participants an unique “hands-on” learning experience.

As part of the class, participants are given a thorough overview of law enforcement, as well as, an introduction to specialized units, such as the Crime Scene Unit, patrol operations, the detective bureau, dispatch and community policing.  As a student of the Academy, you will have the opportunity to participate in role playing and scenarios; watch a K-9 demonstration; go to the gun range; and use the simulation training facility.  Students will also have the option, on a voluntary basis, to go on a “ride along” with a police officer.

The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is a 15-week program, which is offered twice a year, in the Spring and in the Fall.  Each session consists of weekly classes that are held on Thursday evenings, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Pembroke Pines Police Department located at 9500 Pines Blvd.  The Citizens Police Academy has a nominal cost and in return, you will receive a CPA shirt and course DVD.  Refreshments are also provided at each class.

The instruction is comprehensive, with each week covering different units within the department.  Certified police officers, supervisors, and civilian instructors with particular expertise will conduct classes on the following topics.

  • Communications and Dispatching
  • Constitutional and Criminal Law
  • Community Services
  • Patrol Operations and Procedures
  • Probable Cause and Arrest Procedures
  • Firearms Interdiction and Violent Crimes
  • Crime Scene Investigations and Forensics
  • Special Response and Field Force
  • Financial and Cyber Crimes
  • Police K-9 and SWAT Training
  • Crisis Response Team
  • Anti-Terrorism
  • Felony Traffic Stops
  • Homicide and Cold Cases
  • Defensive Tactics and Use of Force
  • Civilian Active Shooter Training

For more information, please contact the CPA Coordinator by calling the Pembroke Pines Police Department Community Affairs Unit at 954-436-3274.

Pembroke Pines CPA Brochure

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