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Citizen Police Academy

CPA Class 6

Established in 2015, the Citizen Police Academy (CPA) was created with the mission to foster trust and communication by educating the Beverly Hills community in the daily aspects of law enforcement. For any questions about the program, please contact  

The application period for the Spring 2024 class is closed.

The application period for the Fall 2024 class will be July 18 - August 13, 2024.

CPA Schedule

Classes run from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Spring 2024 Classes

Application Period: January 26 - February 20, 2024

  1. Thursday, March 14 (mandatory attendance)
  2. Thursday, March 21
  3. Tuesday, March 26
  4. Thursday, March 28
  5. Thursday, April 4
  6. Thursday, April 11
  7. Saturday, April 13 (Range Day)
  8. Tuesday, April 16
  9. Thursday, April 18
  10. Thursday, April 25
  11. Thursday, May 2

Fall 2024 Classes

Application Period: July 18 - August 13, 2024

  1. Thursday, September 5 (mandatory attendance)
  2. Thursday, September 12
  3. Thursday, September 19
  4. Tuesday, September 24
  5. Thursday, September 26
  6. Sunday, September 29 (Range Day)
  7. Tuesday, October 1
  8. Thursday, October 10
  9. Thursday, October 17
  10. Tuesday, October 22
  11. Thursday, October 24

Class dates may be subject to change.


Program Benefits

Being a member of the Citizen Police Academy will give you behind-the-scenes experiences and knowledge of police work that many never have the chance to encounter. Participants will:

  • Engage in practical, real, and meaningful hands-on experiences
  • Gain insight into police policies, procedures, and training
  • Have first-hand experiences with specialized units (K9, SWAT, Detectives, etc.)
  • Be invited to participate in a ride-along with an officer



To become a member of the Citizen Police Academy, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Pass a background check
  • Never have been a member of prior Citizen Police Academy classes
  • Commit to attending all scheduled training sessions
  • Please show proof of residency in the City of Beverly Hills by providing one (1) of the following documents:
    • California Driver's License or Identification Card
    • Utility bill
    • Vehicle registration

Furthermore, attendance on the first day of the CPA program is mandatory. Failure to attend may result in the termination of your enrollment in the program.

Each applicant must submit a completed application and pass the limited background check in order to become part of the Citizen Police Academy class. The Citizen Police Academy is an 8-week program, held in the Spring and another session in the Fall, with one additional optional training day. Each weekly session is approximately 3 hours long. 

For additional information concerning the Beverly Hills Police Department Citizen Police Academy, contact us here

 Citizens Police Academy

  • Is this there a cost?
    No! The program is completely free.

  • What should I bring on the first day?
    Just a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. 

  • What should I wear?
    Wear jeans, a plain T-shirt, and athletic shoes for the first day. We will also provide a CPA polo shirt.
  • Can I bring a friend or family member with me?
    Unfortunately, no. Each accepted person is screened with a background check to ensure public safety at this training. Therefore, anyone who has not been screened by the Police Department is not permitted.

  • Will there be breaks during the 3 hour sessions?
    Yes, there will be at least one break each day to use the restrooms, make phone calls, stretch, etc.

  • Will this be a high-stress environment?
    No, this is not a police recruit academy that you might have seen in videos. The staff will not yell at you or make you do push-ups!
  • What if I miss one session?
    The first day is mandatory. Please try not to miss the other days, as each session will have a lot of material and information!

  • I am physically handicapped. Can I participate in all of the events?
    Staff will make accommodations to allow you to participate in as many events as possible. However, there are some events (firearm training, ride-alongs, etc.) which may limit your ability to participate.

    If you are not able to get in and out of a vehicle without assistance, you may be disqualified from the ride-along experience. Please let Staff know if you think a restriction may apply to you.

  • Can I take pictures?
    Within reason. Some things are law enforcement sensitive, and you may be asked not to film or take photos. Otherwise, you will be 100% encouraged to take photos and even selfies!

  • Can I bring food for the group?
    Yes, and it is highly encouraged. The CPA will also provide meals for every session (except on Range Day).
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  • 455 North Rexford Dr
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
  • (310) 285-1000
  • Monday-Thursday 7:30AM-5:30PM
  • Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM

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