Citizen Police Academy

Since 1991, the Mesa Police Department's Citizen Police Academy (CPA) has provided members of our community with an inside look at law enforcement. The CPA is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the operations and resources of the Mesa Police Department. Participants will interact with police executives and veteran officers during the academy. The goal of the CPA is to provide a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement's role in our community.  

This academy is NOT the police recruit academy. Recruit information can be found here.


The next session of the Citizen Police Academy begins on February 18, 2015 and runs through April 29, 2015. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at various locations. There will be one Saturday class that is held at the Range.

The following areas of the Department may be covered:


Jail Hiring Patrol Districts
Recruit Academy Mesa Family Advocacy Center Homicide
Civilian Investigators Gangs Street Crimes
Range Day (you'll shoot!) SWAT demos Motors
Communications Crime Lab Defensive Tactics
Fitness & Nutrition Aviation More!



Potential candidates for the Citizen Academy must meet the following criteria:

  • 19 years of age or older
  • Reside in or be employed in the City of Mesa
  • No prior felony arrests
  • No misdemeanor arrests within one year of application


Contact Us

For more information about the Citizen Police Academy, including next class dates, please call the Mesa Police Department Training Section at (480) 644-4139.

Request a Citizen Police Academy application packet by using our online form.

Download the application (pdf). Download the brochure (pdf).

To request an application packet for our recruit academy, please visit our Human Resources section. 


Mesa Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (MCPAAA):

Graduates of the Citizen Police Academy are eligible to join the Mesa Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association. Alumni members receive continued training and volunteer opportunities with the Mesa Police Department. Additional information can be found on their website --