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 (including optional personal defense spray experience)
  • 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.

21st Session

Applications for the 21st annual session of the Dubuque Police Department's Citizen's Police Academy (CPA) are now being accepted and may be obtained at the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center during regular business hours or by clicking here.  Classes began February 9th and conclude with a graduation ceremony and party on Thursday, April 13th, 2017. Sessions are held every Thursday evening at the DLEC (855 Central Avenue) from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.