Citizen's Police Academy

CPA 2019


The purpose of the Citizen’s Police Academy program is to build better relations and improve understanding between the citizens and the Dubuque Police Department through education.

The CPA is a 10-week program with all classes taught by law enforcement professionals and other members of the criminal justice system.  Each session covers a variety of topics. Graduates of the CPA are not certified peace officers.

Classroom time includes presentations regarding: 

  • Arrest procedures
  • Search and seizure
  • Use of force (including optional personal defense spray experience)
  • Laws and policies
  • Internal investigations
  • Disciplinary procedures
  • Domestic abuse cases
  • K9
  • Sexual abuse cases
  • Drug enforcement
  • OWI
  • Officer Survival
  • Crime prevention programs
  • School Resource Officers
  • Community Policing

Participants are also required to complete one 4-hour ride-along with a patrol officer and report their observations to the class.

Upcoming Session

Dates for the 25th Annual Dubuque Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) have not yet been scheduled. Sign up for emails and/or text notifications from the Dubuque Police Department to be notified when a date has been set. 

Contact Us

  1. Lt. Steve Olson

    Training Coordinator
    Phone: 563-589-4454