At the completion of the course, participants are awarded a "Certificate of Completion," typically presented by the Chief of Police at a graduation ceremony.
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The CCPA is a 14-session course designed to acquaint Chesapeake citizens with the many facets of our Police Department. Applicants for CCPA must be at least 18 years old, a Chesapeake citizen, and pass a criminal background check.
Classes are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There are also 4 Saturday sessions that meet from 9 a.m. to noon.
Classes are held throughout the City, under the direction and guidance of the Chesapeake Citizens Police Academy, depending on the subject matter.
Subject Matter Experts from the Police Department, including command staff, Commonwealth Attorney's Office, and Sheriff's Department present interesting, thought-provoking, and eye-opening presentations of their particular area(s) of expertise.
Topics typically covered are:
Please note: All tours and classes are subject to availability of personnel, emergency situations occurring, weather, and other matters, and are at the sole discretion of the Police Department.
The Academy is offered annually. Please keep an eye on this page for future application announcements. For more information on the CCPA please contact the Chesapeake Police Academy at 757-382-1525. Download the Chesapeake Citizens Police Academy Application (PDF).
Graduates of the Chesapeake Citizens Police Academy are eligible for membership in the Chesapeake Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CCPAAA). Meetings are held monthly to hear guest speakers, enjoy social activities, keep abreast of police activities, and receive updated information on volunteer opportunities. Individual volunteerism within the Police Department is encouraged.