Citizen Police Academy

The Kent Police Department is pleased to offer the Kent community the opportunity to participate in the Citizen Police Academy (CPA). The Citizen Police Academy offers a chance for members of the Kent area to see first hand what police officers do and experience. In addition, it offers attendees an opportunity to make a unique connection with the Kent Police Department and its members.


The Citizen Police Academy involves eleven weekly classes and a graduation night. Each four-hour class is held at the Kent Police Department. Attendees learn about:

  • Case law
  • Court processes
  • Crime preventionCPA Cover Pic (JPG)
  • Criminal investigations
  • Criminal law
  • Drunk and drugged driving enforcement
  • Parking and traffic enforcement
  • Specialized police functions
  • Use of force

Attendees will also be afforded the opportunity to experience officer "ride-alongs" and police equipment. This is a rare chance for area residents to see the difference between television and the reality of police work.


Applications, selection criteria, and further information may be downloaded below. Further inquiries may be directed to Lieutenant Mike Lewis by email, or by phone at 330-673-3221.

If you are interested in applying to the Citizen Police Academy, you may complete an application online, or download the files below, fill them out and return them to the Kent Police Department. You must have Adobe® Reader to view these files.