Citizen's Police Academy

The purpose of the Citizen's Police Academy program is to build better relations and improve understanding between the citizens and the Dubuque Police Department through education.

The CPA is a ten week program with all classes being taught by law enforcement professionals and other members of the criminal justice system.  Each session covers a variety of topics.  Graduates of the CPA are not certified peace officers.

Classroom time includes presentations regarding:
2011 CPA Class
  • Arrest procedures
  • Search and seizure
  • Use of force
  • Laws and policies
  • Internal investigations
  • Disciplinary procedures
  • Domestic abuse cases 
  • K9
  • Sexual abuse cases
  • Drug enforcement
  • OWI
  • Officer Survival
  • Crime prevention programs
  • School Resource Officers
  • Community Policing
Participants are also required to complete one 4-hour ride-along with a patrol officer and report their observations to the class.
19th Session
The 18th annual session of the CPA concluded April 8, 2014.  Applications for the 19th session will be accepted at a yet-to-be-determined date.  Class size is limited and vacancies fill quickly; those selected should be prepared to make a commitment to attend all ten sessions.

Once the application period opens, applications can be obtained in person at the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center (DLEC) or downloaded by clicking here.  Once complete, applications can be returned to the DLEC or returned by email.

Requirements for participation:
  • City of Dubuque residency
  • At least 18 years of age
  • No felony conviction
  • No significant arrest history