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.
Citizens' Police Academy

Classes meet:


The participants enjoy learning about their police department first hand. Most of the classes are designed to be hands-on experiences. While most people's knowledge of police work is gained from watching television, citizens who participate in the Citizens' Police Academy find the experience both educational and rewarding.

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.

Register for the next Citizens Police Academy by completing the CPA Registration Form.

Mail the completed form to:
Officer Dave Burns
227 South 6th St.
Council Bluffs, IA 51501