Community Police Academy

Upcoming 2023 Dates:
April 13 - June 8


The Irvine Police Department Community Police Academy (CPA) provides an in-depth look into the day-to-day operations of a law enforcement agency and its role in the criminal justice system. Participants are invited to look behind the scenes in both classroom and hand-on format at the roles and responsibilities of police officer and professional support staff in each division, bureau, and unit of the Department.  The purpose of CPA is to share information and answer questions in order to develop, enhance and retain strong partnerships with Irvine community members.

CPA is presented in three-hour classes, held one night a week, over a span of nine weeks. Participants in the program will learn about:

  • Patrol Operations
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • K-9 Officers
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Communications
  • Special Weapons and Tactics
  • Crisis Negotiation
  • and much more!

CPA Instructors are comprised of Department executive command personnel, supervisors, veteran police officers, and professional civilian support staff.

By the end of the nine weeks, each student graduates with a better understanding of how the Irvine Police Department serves our community.


All CPA applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age and a resident or work within the City of Irvine. Applicants may not have had any misdemeanor arrests within one year and be free of any felony arrests. Applicants must also complete a background check, including Live Scan fingerprinting.

To participate, please complete and submit the application form.

Space is limited. For questions please contact:

Katie Brannen | Program Specialist
Irvine Police Department