Community Police Academy

The Community Police Academy is suspended temporarily. Please check back for updates.

The Community Police Academy (CPA) provides community members with an up close and personal look at police work and the Morgan Hill Police Department. The Academy does not train citizens to be future police officers. It is designed to inform citizens about Police Department policies and procedures, foster community support, and provide safety awareness, by allowing community members to participate in practical police training and education.

The Academy also provides community members who complete the program with the possibility of becoming a member of the Volunteers in Policing (VIP) program. The VIP program is an active partnership between the Police Department and Community Members.

The CPA generally meets at the Police Department one night each week during its 3 month session. Registration will be limited to a manageable number of participants and priority is given to Morgan Hill residents.

All Community Police Academy applicants are carefully screened and are required to consent to a background investigations check.
Participants learn about topics such as:
  • Communications/Dispatch
  • Crime analysis
  • Crime prevention
  • Criminal law
  • Critical incidents
  • Emergency services
  • Firearms training
  • Gangs
  • Internal investigations
  • Narcotics
  • Patrol operations
  • Police selection and training
  • Traffic enforcement
  • Much more