The Community Police Academy provides experiential training on the daily operations and functions of the Charlottesville Police Department (CPD). Classes are taught by members of CPD, including Chief Michael Kochis, Command Staff, and detectives and officers from specialty units. The program is free to the public.
Graduates of the program found the academy to be both informative and rewarding.
Below is a list of topics covered in the program:
Introduction and Overview of the Department / Department’s Strategic Plan / Visions and Values
Role of Commonwealth's Attorney Office
Recruitment and Hiring/Accreditation
Emergency Communications Center (911)
Emergency Response Unit
Firearms/Use of Force
Classes for the Fall Community Police Academy will start on October 25 and run through December 20. They will be held every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Charlottesville Police Department.
Those eligible for the program meet the following criteria:
At least 18 years of age
Charlottesville business owner
Employed in the City of Charlottesville
If you live outside of the city, you are still eligible if you meet criteria 3 and 4.