The Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is designed to educate citizens of Gwinnett about their police department and how officers enforce local and state laws. The goal of the CPA is to create and develop a growing nucleus of responsible, well informed citizens, who have the potential to influence public opinion concerning police practices and the delivery of services.
Participants in the CPA come from all walks of life – recent college graduates to senior citizens, novelists to IRS investigators to computer analysts. The CPA is open to all Gwinnett County residents, 18 years of age or older, who successfully pass the application process and a driver's and criminal history check.
The CPA consists of nine weeks of both classroom and practical application. Some of the activities include:
- Mock criminal trials with the District Attorney's office
- Police department and jail tours
- Utilization of The Firearms Training System (computer generated imagery to simulate shoot/don't shoot situations)
Other topics include:
- Officer Safety
- Detention Center
- ID / Crime Scene Unit
- The Communications Center/911
Applications are accepted year round. Currently, only one academy is conducted each year (normally begins in spring). The applications are considered in the order they were received. If you are selected to participate, you will receive a letter from the Training Division sent to the address on your application.
For additional information, contact Corporal Kelly Tonelli at 678.226.7758.