Citizen Police Academy
The Northampton Police Department's Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is a program designed to enhance citizen understanding of the role and function of the police department. The Citizen Police Academy is an excellent opportunity for community members to better understand the inner-workings of the police department and to meet the talented and professional women and men of the Northampton Police Department.
The Citizen Police Academy is an eight-week course that meets once a week for three (3) hours. The course includes lectures, class discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on opportunities for class participants.
The course is instructed by police administrators, supervisors, detectives, and officers from the Northampton Police Department. We also have instructors who are dispatchers from the Northampton Public Safety center.
- Recruitment and Training
- Communications and Dispatch
- Tours of the police station and dispatch center
- Patrol Procedures and Traffic Stops
- Bike Patrol and Foot Patrol
- Motor Vehicle Law including radar/lidar and OUI
- City Ordinance Violations
- Juvenile Offenders
- Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders
- Sex Crimes and Sex Offender Registration
- Use of Force
- Detective Bureau and Criminal Investigations
- Search and Seizure
- Crime Scene Services and Forensics
- Death Investigation
The last CPA class was held Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:00 PM from January 21 through March 11, 2014. Typically this program is held once a year during the winter season. A 2015 CPA class has not been scheduled and will be contingent upon the level of interest from members of the public.
The CPA is held in the Community Room at the Northampton Police Department, 29 Center Street, Northampton, MA.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must pass a background check. Preference will be given to Northampton residents. Three seats will be held for high school students who are under 18 years of age but who exhibit exceptional maturity and interest in the field of law enforcement.
We ARE currently accepting applications. A 2015 CPA class has not been scheduled. It will be scheduled if there is enough interest from the public. Applications are available year-round and applicants who are selected will be contacted and notified of the start date when it is established. Applications are available in the lobby of the police station or at the following link:
Once completed, applications may be dropped off at the police station or may be mailed to:
Northampton Police Department
29 Center Street
Northampton, MA 01060
ATTN: Captain Jody Kasper
Any questions regarding the Citizen Police Academy may be directed to Captain Jody Kasper or Lt. John Cartledge, CPA Supervisors.