The Westerville Citizen Police Academy (WCPA) is a community education activity of the Westerville Division of Police (WDP). The purpose of the academy is to increase citizen awareness of the day-to-day operation of the WDP by providing instruction on topics relative to the role of the police officer in the Westerville community.
Veteran police officers and certified police instructors conduct all academy classes. The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to a traditional police academy but not as stringent as the professional training for actual law enforcement officers.
Instruction includes such topics as:
Citizens who live or work in the city of Westerville are be given first preference, but anyone who has an interest in law enforcement is eligible to apply.
The Westerville Division of Police runs a background check on each applicant and reserves the right to reject people with a criminal history.
FREE! The only cost to participants is their time. Students are required to attend at least 9 of the 12 classes to graduate.
Academy classes are held at the Westerville Division of Police headquarters Training Room located at 29 South State Street in Westerville, Ohio 43081.
Classes are offered from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. for 12 consecutive weeks beginning in April and September.
To apply, simply click here.