Citizen's Police Academy

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 The Tempe Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is a way for community members who live, work, or go to school in Tempe, to have a better understanding of how the Department operates.  There are many components to a Police Department, both sworn and civilian, that make the department successful both internally, and externally, with the community that it serves.  The overall goal of the CPA is to inform and engage participants in a way that educates them on how we deliver police services in the City of Tempe.  At the same time, we will work to enhance our relationship with the community that we serve.  The purpose of the academy is for the participants to have a better knowledge base of law enforcement and how it is part of the community.


 The classes will be taught at our Apache Station located at 1855 E. Apache Blvd and at our Hardy Substation located at 8201 S. Hardy Drive in Tempe.  

This is not the Police Recruit Academy

If you are interested in applying to become a Tempe Police Officer, please visit our hiring page.


Curriculum / Graduation Requirements

 The following course curriculum may be covered:
 Crime Suppression  Bomb Unit  Gang Unit
 Traffic Unit  K-9 Unit  Mounted Unit
 S.W.A.T  Communications  Narcotics Unit
 Crime Scene Investigations  Use of Force  Media Relations
 Volunteer opportunities  Firearms   Forensic Services Unit
 The following must be completed to graduate:
  1. Must participate in one police ride-along for a minimum of 8 hours
  2. Must attend all scheduled classes of the CPA
  3. Must actively participate in the academy classes


Potential candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years of age
  • Reside in, attend school in or be employed in the City of Tempe
  • No prior felony arrests
  • No misdemeanor arrests within six months of application

Contact Us

For more information about the Citizen's Police Academy, please email Sergeant Montenegro or Detective Duran. You can also call 480-858-6428 for further details.

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