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Citizens Police Academy

***There will be no Spring 2020 Citizens Police Academy.  Please check back in Summer 2020 for the Fall 2020 CPA dates. Please feel free to submit an application; it will be kept on file for the Fall 2020 class.***

The Citizens Police Academy is free of charge and open to any UMass community member or their immediate family members.  It is designed to be a fun and informative atmosphere.  Discussion and participation are encouraged.

Program Dates and Description

The Citizens Police Academy is an 11-week course that is offered once during the Spring semester, and once during the Fall semester.  Classes typically meet one evening a week for 3 hours.  Some of the topics covered are:

  • Criminal and constitutional law
  • Motor vehicle laws and traffic stops
  • Alcohol and drug issues
  • Police use of force
  • Firearms safety
  • Forensic sciences

Many sessions begin with classroom discussion about one or more subjects, and then transition into more dynamic, hands-on learning.  Participants have the opportunity to try out some of our equipment, engage in 'You be the officer' scenario training, and view demonstrations from our specialized units. 

Email Sergeant Malo at malo@admin.umass.edu or Officer Liptak at jliptak@admin.umass.edu for more information.

How To Apply

Complete the Citizens Police Academy Application.  You may submit your completed application form by fax, mail, or in person at the UMass police station.  The application form can also be submitted via email.

*You must be at least 18 years of age to apply.  Applicants undergo a basic background check prior to acceptance into the CPA, however prior criminal records are not automatic disqualifiers.  Any false or misleading statements will be cause for refusal of admittance, and acceptance into the program is at the sole discretion of the UMass Police Department.  The CPA is an informal way to learn about law enforcement, and NO police powers will be expressed or implied at the completion of the course.

 

CONTACT

UMPD
585 East Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9600

umpd@admin.umass.edu
413-545-2121 non-emergency
413-545-3111 emergency or 911
413-545-3113 fax

Tips

Call 413-577-TIPS (8477) or use our Anonymous Witness Form.