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"The Tulsa Citizen's Police Academy is one of the premiere programs in the country. We are proud to partner with Tulsans for a better future for our city."

Captain Thad Espy
Assistant Training Director
TPD Training Division


The Citizen's Police Academy is a free, 13-week program designed to introduce citizens to the various operations, protocols and procedures of the Tulsa Police Department. Taught by veteran TPD officers, topics include: use of force, firearms training, pursuit driving, and criminal and narcotic investigations. 


From Orlando to Tulsa.

The Citizen's Police Academy is an adult education program introduced in the U.S. by the Orlando Police Department in 1985. Due to its popularity the concept quickly spread throughout the country and the Tulsa Police Department implemented the Citizen's Police Academy program a short time later.


Learn what it is to be a Tulsa Police Officer.

Free to all citizens who live, work, or attend school in Tulsa, this 13-week course meets every Tuesday evening from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Although some classes feature hands-on learning, the course is not physically taxing. Due to the sensitive nature of portions of the curriculum, a criminal background check is part of application process. There is no law enforcement authority or law enforcement credentials conveyed to any citizen who completes the program. It is adult education designed not only to teach, but to make the process fun and interesting.
Click here to apply to the Citizen's Police Academy.


Transferring law enforcement experience.

The Tulsa Citizen's Police Academy is taught by veteran TPD officers who will discuss the challenges of policing a large, diverse, urban center. It is an opportunity for citizens to interact with experienced police officers in an educational environment to foster the understanding and mutual respect that is necessary to build a safer community for all.
Click here to apply to the Citizen's Police Academy.


Is this a class to be a reserve or auxiliary police officer?

The CPA is not training to become a reserve or auxiliary police officer. The CPA is designed to inform citizens about the TPD and build a better relationship between the citizens and police officers. There is no law enforcement authority or powers conveyed to any attendee. A citizen has no obligation to the Tulsa Police Department after completing the CPA.

Will I get a Concealed Carry Firearms License from this class?

No. This class will not qualify a citizen for a CCFL.

Does the class involve any physical training?

No. There is no physical training during any of the classes. Some of the classes are outdoors and may require a citizen to stand for a short period of time. There are no physical fitness requirements to attend the CPA.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to attend the CPA.

Why do you do a background investigation?

Due to the sensitive nature of the curriculum it is necessary to preclude any convicted felons or a person convicted of certain misdemeanors. It is also necessary to determine if any applicant is wanted by a law enforcement agency.

Is there an age requirement?

The only age requirement is that a citizen must be at least 18 years of age. There are no other age requirements and all citizens who live, work or attend school in Tulsa are encourage to apply.

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