The Evesham Township Police Department is proud to offer the Citizen Police Academy (CPA) to local residents. The program is designed to increase the understanding of the Police Department. The CPA is offered in two sessions, one in the spring and one in the fall, running eight consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Students will learn from department and court personnel who are experts in the areas of patrol and traffic operations, community oriented policing, narcotics, gangs, K-9, and prosecution of criminal and motor vehicle laws.
Admission to the program is open to any-one who is at least 18 years of age or older, has a good standing in the community and is a resident of Evesham Township. Further consideration is given to applicants who have no outstanding warrants for their arrest and no pending criminal cases. Applicants who are accepted to attend the CPA will be temporarily granted access to sensitive areas of the police department which will require the applicant to pass a thorough background investigation.
All potential participants must submit an application prior to being considered for the program. Applications are available on-line or may be obtained through the program coordinator or at Evesham Township Police station.
CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY
The CPA has been introduced in order to educate Evesham Township citizens about structure and activities of their police department. While the CPA class is not a “training class”, it is an exciting opportunity for residents to get a behind-the-scenes look at the various functions within the Evesham Township Police Department.
The idea of the CPA is one that informed educated residents will be supportive of police officers and the department. Additionally, those completing the program have the potential of becoming more productive within their own neighborhoods.
During the program classroom presentations, lectures and ‘hands-on” experiences offer residents valuable insight into the operations of the Evesham Township Police Department. These experiences along with the two-way communication established, furthers our efforts in improving the quality of life for residential and business communities throughout the township.
The CPA is designed to build a bond of mutual trust and respect between the police department and our citizens. Additionally, the academy highlights the importance of citizen participation in public safety, so that we as a community may remain free from the fear of crime.
Experienced police officers and instructors offer briefings, demonstrations, and engage in frank discussions about police operations with class participation. Topics covered during class include overviews of our department structure information on police recruiting and training and hands-on workshops in various areas. Some of the areas explored include, but are not limited to: