Presentation for CPA

HPD’s Citizens Police Academy returns for 2022

Posted March 2, 2022 in Police by Andrea Litchfield

The City of Hilliard Division of Police Citizen’s Police Academy is back in session! After a two-year break due to COVID, HPD welcomed back Class 12 this month.

Twenty-four students will spend 10 weeks in the interactive course learning about various topics in law enforcement, including de-escalation, traffic stops, crash and criminal investigations, search and seizure, community policing, and 911 call-taking.

“We’re grateful many of the students were able to return, along with some new faces,” said Chief of Police Eric Grile. “CPA is our signature community program for good reason — it’s a safe space for important conversations that results in strengthened partnership between the police and the community.”

The Division’s nationally recognized CPA program was launched in 2009. More than 300 people have graduated from the course, which was updated for the 2022 session. Students receive training from the same instructors who train police officers and attend ride-alongs with patrol officers.

Upon completion of the course, students can become a member of the Hilliard Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association. Alumni attend monthly meetings to cover additional training on safety-related topics and learn about volunteer opportunities.

Classes are open to adults living or working within the City of Hilliard and Norwich Township. A criminal background check is required. To join the next class, submit an application here.