Citizens’ Police Academy

Citizens' Police Academy (CPA)

The Citizens' Police Academy is designed to give people who live or own a business in Council Bluffs the opportunity to learn what police work is like in their community.

Class Information

Classes are taught by Council Bluffs' police officers and cover everything from community-oriented policing to special weapons and tactics teams. The first class was held in the spring of 1992 and was a huge success. The class picture shown here are those that attended our most recent class.
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Classes meet:

  • 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday nights
  • Each session runs 12 weeks
  • 1 Ezra Jackson Way - CBPD  Community Room
  • Class schedules may be rearranged based on staffing, scheduling, or other circumstances.


The participants enjoy learning about their police department first hand. Most of the classes are designed to be hands-on or interactive with the guest presenters. Those who participate in the Citizens' Police Academy will find the experience both educational and rewarding and somewhat of contrast to the Police shows they see on TV.

Criteria and How to Register

To attend, citizens must meet the following established criteria:
     a) participants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and,
     b) must pass a background investigation check
     c) must reside or own a business within the city of Council Bluffs, IA.

For a printable copy of the Citizens Police Academy brochure click here.
Register for the next Citizens Police Academy by completing the CPA Registration Form.

Mail or email the completed form to:
     Officer Dave Burns
     1 Ezra Jackson Way
     Council Bluffs, IA 51503 

For more information contact Officer Dave Burns at: