Applications being accepted for Citizen Police Academy

The Nashville Police Department is pleased to announce that the fall session of the Citizen Police Academy will begin Monday, September 18th.

Nashvillians interested in learning about the inner workings and law enforcement strategies of their police department are cordially invited to apply for this FREE 12-week course.  This will be the 38th session of the CPA since the popular program began in 1995.

Classes will be held on Monday nights from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. through December 4th in the community room of the West Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike.  Because class size is limited, interested persons are urged to apply now.  The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. September 7.

Participants will learn about police work through the perspective of a variety of guest speakers, including members of the police department’s specialized components.  Topics will include gangs, narcotics enforcement, domestic violence, traffic/DUI enforcement, internet crimes, emergency preparedness, crime prevention and the judicial process.  There will also be a tour of the Emergency Communications Center and a demonstration by the Aviation, Canine and Mounted Units.

“The Citizen Police Academy provides a unique view of this department and Nashville’s law enforcement professionals,” Chief Steve Anderson said.  “We invite persons from all neighborhoods to consider applying.  Class members will come away each week with knowledge about police work that they didn’t have before.”

Each applicant should commit to attending at least 9 of the 12 sessions, be a Davidson County resident/business owner at least 21years old, and have no arrest record (excluding minor traffic violations).  While completion of the course gives citizens an understanding of the workings of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, it does not make a participant a certified law enforcement officer, nor is it designed to train citizens to perform law enforcement duties.  Applications can be submitted on the Internet by logging onto

Persons desiring an application by mail or fax, or persons with questions, are invited to contact Shenika Lawrence, the department’s Citizen Police Academy Co-Coordinator, at 615-880-2999.