Community Police Academy

Community Police Academy

The Knoxville Police Department’s Community Police Academy is 10-week interactive program designed to give residents and stakeholders a comprehensive understanding of how the KPD is organized and functions. 

CPA participants will gain knowledge concerning the KPD’s daily operations, crime prevention initiatives, residential and business security, enhanced observation skills, and much more. 

The C.P.A. is a 10-week program that meets on Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m., primarily at the Public Safety Complex.

Over the course of the program, participants will visit other relevant venues based on the specific training being offered or discussed.

A wide range of topics are covered dealing with the various capabilities and functions of the Knoxville Police Department. Class sizes are kept to a minimum, in order to foster an environment for individual attention and active class participation.

Attendance of each session is critical to fully benefit from participation in the C.P.A.. Please make every effort to attend each training session. If you will be unable to attend, or will need to arrive late, please notify the CPA Coordinator at the earliest opportunity.

CPA Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must live or work within the City of Knoxville
  • Must submit a completed application

A selection and nomination committee will be responsible for reviewing all applications and will make the final selections for participation, in consultation with the Chief of Police. 

Additionally, the committee will be tasked with ensuring each C.P.A. session contains a representative sample of the community. 

Applicants may be subject to a background check for active warrants.

Call 865-215-7050 or e-mail for more information about upcoming Community Police Academy classes and to apply.

The goal of the Knoxville Police Department’s Community Police Academy is to create and develop a growing nucleus of responsible residents who are well-informed concerning police practices and service delivery.

Graduates of our program will fulfill the critical role of providing input and information to their neighborhoods, which will increase community involvement on issues of mutual concern. This active resident participation will improve the quality of life and build lasting and productive partnerships between our police department and the communities we so proudly serve.