Community Police Academy

The Pasadena Police Department’s Community Police Academy (CPA) provides community and civic leaders with an inside look at the internal workings of the Police Department. During the Academy, students will be introduced to Community Policing and how this form of policing can help build partnership and solve problems that arise in the community. Additionally, students will be introduced to Pasadena’s policing philosophy. Other curriculum topics includes; police communication, criminal law and procedures (laws of arrest), street crime enforcement, firearms training, and the citizen complaint process.

The eight-week academy is designed to give citizens an overview of department policies and procedures. However, this weekly sessions are not designed to make a participant a police officer.

Police professionals, veteran officers, teach the academy classes and other professionals involved in the administration of justice. Participants have an opportunity to interact with the staff from all the levels of the police department.

The Pasadena Police department hopes there will be a greater awareness and understanding of Law Enforcement “s role in the community through the education provided in the community police academy.

Graduates of the academy also have an opportunity to volunteer with the department in a variety of ways.

Selection Process:

The Community Police Academy participants are recommended by police staff and other citizens. The names of the selected candidates are then placed on a waiting list until the academy begins. Enrollment is limited to fifty students per academy.


  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Live, work or, own property in Pasadena
  • No felony convictions
  • No misdemeanor convictions within one year of application

Academy Schedule:

The Pasadena Police Department offers spring and fall sessions as well the as the Spanish version of the Community Police Academy. The length of each Academy is about eight weeks. The classes meet every Thursday evening from 5:30 pm to 9 pm at the Pasadena Police Department, 207 N. Garfield Ave. The academy will culminate with a graduation upon the satisfactory completion of the class.

Please contact the Community Relation’s Section at (626) 744-4551 for more information or email Susana Porras at

*Community Police Academy is not intended to make the participant a police officer
nor does the acceptance of an application guarantee a placement in the class.

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