Citizen Police Academy

An 12-week informational series to educate citizens about the SAPD and police work in San Antonio. The course is held at the SAPD Academy, includes a ride-along and has an active CPA Alumni Association.  For more information please call the San Antonio Police Academy at 210.207.6262.

This twelve-week course is offered three times per year. Participants meet one night per week, generally on Tuesday’s from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at the San Antonio Police Training Academy, 12200 SE Loop 410

Contact Officer Randall McCumbers at 210.207.6212.

Citizen Police Academy 2020 Class Schedule

  • Class 2020- A Starts: January 7, 2020
  • Class 2020- B Starts:      April 7, 2020
  • Class 2020- C Starts: September 15, 2020

The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) was introduced in March of 1994 in order to educate San Antonio citizens about the structure and activities of their police department. While the CPA class is not a “training class”, it is an exciting opportunity which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the various functions within the San Antonio Police Department.

Our program operates on the premise that informed educated citizens will be supportive of police officers and the Department. Additionally, those completing the program have the potential of becoming more productive within their own neighborhoods and communities.

During the program, classroom presentations, lectures and “hands-on” experiences, offer participants valuable insight into the operations of the San Antonio Police Department. These experiences along with the two-way communication established, further our effort in improving the quality of life for residential and business communities throughout the city!

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The Citizen Police Academy is designed to build a bond of mutual trust and respect between the Police Department and our citizens. 

Additionally, the academy highlights the importance of citizen participation in public safety, so that we as a community may remain free from the fear of crime.

Experienced police officers and instructors offer briefings, demonstrations, and engage in frank discussions about police operations with class participants. Topics covered during class include 

  • an overview of our department structure, 
  • information on police recruiting and training, 
  • civilian response to active shooters and 
  • hands-on workshops in various areas. 

Some of the areas explored include: 

Areas Explored

  • Criminal Investigations 
  • Firearms Training Simulator (F.A.T.S.) 
  • Firearms Training 
  • K-9 Unit 
  • S.A.F.F.E./Cellular on Patrol 
  • Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT) 
  • Vice/Internet Crimes 
  • Helicopter Unit 
  • Gang Unit 
  • Identity Theft


All potential participants must submit an application prior to being considered for the program. Due to such enthusiastic citizen response to the program, applicants are encouraged to apply early! Applications are available on -line or may be obtained through the program coordinator at the listed number.


Admission to the program is open to any -one who is at least 18 years of age, has a good standing in the community and is a resident of the City of San Antonio. All applicants must pass a thorough background investigation.

Citizens successfully completing the CPA program receive a Certificate of Completion. Each graduate is then eligible to join the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA). 

CPAAA members meet bi-monthly to discuss ongoing operations and needs within the Department. Based on those needs, CPAAA members are given an opportunity to volunteer their services towards specified projects.


Contact Information

S.A.P.D. Training Academy
12200 SE Loop 410 • San Antonio, Texas 78221
Phone: 210.207.6212 • Fax: 210.207.6202
Hours: 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.