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Community Police Academy

**Due to COVID-19, the 2021 session of the Community Police Academy will be held via Zoom.  There will not be any practicals or field trips for this session.  It will be a 14-week long program on Tuesdays, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.**

The Community Police Academy is a 13-week long program consisting of one class a week (on Tuesdays) from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.  The classes cover the following topics:

  • Communications
  • Basic Criminal Law/Investigations
  • Traffic Law (with traffic stops practicals)
  • Victim/Witness Rights
  • Driving Under the Influence (with field sobriety test practicals)
  • Use of Force/Tasers (with practicals)
  • Speed Camera Program
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Crime Analysis
  • Firearms
  • Media Relations
  • Canine & demonstrations
  • Patrol Procedures (with practicals)
  • Community Relations/Policing
  • Crisis Negotiations

Optional field trips include the following, but others may be added:

  • Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center
  • Montgomery County Correctional Facility
  • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

The presentations are slide show/lecture style and are given by officers, detectives and civilians of the Takoma Park Police Department.  There are also multiple opportunities for hands-on learning through equipment demonstrations, practical scenarios, field trips and ride-alongs with patrol officers.

The Takoma Park Police Department believes that educating the community results in gaining their understanding and support.  Through implementation of the Community Police Academy, the community gains new insight into how law enforcement officers perform their duties.  The success of any law enforcement agency depends largely upon the amount of cooperation and support it receives from the community it serves.

Community Police Academy 2017
Community Police Academy 2018
Community Police Academy 2019

The Community Police Academy is free to the public.  Seats are limited to the first 25 students and are filled based on a first come/first serve basis.  The Takoma Park Police Department encourages all applicants to be able to commit to the full 13 weeks to get the most out of the program.

If you are interested in learning about the Takoma Park Police Department and local government, you are 16 years of age or older, and live or work in Takoma Park, you may apply. The applicants may not have any serious misdemeanor or any felony offenses.

Applications for the Community Police Academy 2021 Session has closed.

Any questions about the Community Police Academy can be directed to the Public Information Officer, Cathy Plevy, at


Community Police Academy 2020 {The 2020 session was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic}

Community Policing Sections