Citizens Police Academy

The Grove City Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is an extension of the Grove City Division of Police Community Partnership. The program provides insight into the mission, goals, objectives and operations of the Division of Police. The CPA is designed for residents of the City of Grove City and Jackson Township. Participants are encouraged to share their ideas and experiences with police instructors and class members to improve community and police partnerships.

The purpose of the Grove City Division of Police CPA is to provide educational information regarding the Division of Police, its mission and activities. Understanding, through training, can dispel misconceptions about policing. In turn, the Division of Police will become more aware of community concerns. The CPA opens lines of communication regarding services police provide to the residents of the City of Grove City and Jackson Township. Enrollment in the CPA is not designed to further employment opportunities within the criminal justice profession.

The topics covered in the CPA will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Laws of Arrest
  • Criminal Law (Adult and Juvenile)
  • Traffic Law
  • Search and Seizure
  • Use of Force
  • Firearms
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Crime Prevention
  • Special Operations
  • Field Service Operations
  • Support Service Operations
  • Traffic Crash Investigation
  • Jackson Township Fire Operations
  • Citizen Ride-Along
  • Communication Information Center Operations

The topics covered are not intended to train the student as a police officer or serve as an extension for any criminal justice programs.

The 16th session of the CPA meets 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, April 4, at the Grove City Safety Complex, 3360 Park St. There are two sessions each year.

There is no cost and any student who misses more than two sessions will not graduate.

Space is limited for the academy and priority will be given to Grove City or Jackson Township residents, and those who work in Grove City.  Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. The applicant must commit to meeting twice a week for the six-week academy.

Applications are accepted throughout the year, to be considered for the next class download and complete the CPA application or pick up an application at the Grove City Safety Complex, 3360 Park St.

A criminal record and driving status check will be processed on each applicant. The Grove City Division of Police reserves the right to deny acceptance to any applicant.

For Citizens Police Academy enrollment information, email the Grove City Division of Police Community Services Bureau or call 614-277-1749.