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Community Police Academy


The Irvine Community Police Academy (CPA) is a program hosted by the Irvine Police Department and is designed to provide  an in-depth look into the day-to-day operations of a law enforcement agency and its role in the criminal justice system. Originally conceived to focus only on the roles and responsibilities of the police officer in the field, participants are now invited to also look behind the scenes and learn of the many other administrative areas which support the overall function of police field operations.

The Community Police Academy is presented in three-hour classes, held one night a week, over a span of 9 weeks. Provided in both a lecture and “hands on” format, each class offers a snap shot of the operation and function of each division, bureau, and unit of the Department.


Using multiple learning environments which will include the classroom, police firearms range, and a ride along with a police officer in the field, each participant in the program will learn about:

  • The History of the Irvine Police Department
  • Patrol Operations
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • K-9 Officers
  • School Resource Officers
  • Jail Operations
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Communications and Dispatch
  • Crime Prevention
  • Emergency Management
  • Special Weapons and Tactics
  • Crisis Negotiation
  • ...and much, much more!!!

By the end of the 9 weeks, each student graduates with a better understanding of how the men and women of the Irvine Police Department serve the Irvine community each and every day.



The Mission Statement of the Irvine Police Department reads:

"Working in partnership with the community,
we will preserve the peace, uphold the law with fairness,
and provide quality service."

The purpose of the Community Police Academy is to provide an example of how we consistantly stand by our Mission Statement on a daily basis by developing, enhancing, and retaining stronger partnerships with Irvine residents and the Irvine business community. Through the sharing of information and experience provided by the Department’s highly trained staff, we hope to answer any questions members of the Irvine community may have.

Although this program is not designed to prepare an individual to become a member of the Irvine Police Department, it shows what it is like to be one. For those interested in becoming police officers or if you are looking for career opportunity, please click HERE to read about any open positions offered through the City of Irvine Human Resources Department.



The CPA Instructor Staff is comprised of Department executive command personnel, supervisors, veteran police officers, and professional civilian support staff. Each instructor brings their extensive law enforcement training and own real world experience into the classroom to immerse the student into the roles and responsibilities of each member of the Irvine Police Department. Students have the opportunty to ask questions regarding the material they are provided, and are able to go "hands on" with many different pieces of specialized equipment and tools used by the members of our Department which are on display in a controlled classroom environment.



All Community Police Academy Applicants must be minimum of 21 years of age and be a resident or work within the City of Irvine. Additionally, you may not have had any misdemeanor arrests within one year of applying, and free of any felony arrests. All past arrests will be considered in the screening process. You must also pass a complete background check including Live Scan fingerprinting.



To participate in our upcoming Community Police Academy, click the button to the right and you will be redirected to our interest card and application form. Our classes fill up quickly and seats are reserved on a first come, first served basis.

Seats are filling up!
Don't miss out! Please use the interest card below
to reserve a spot for upcoming Class #22!

If you have any questions about the program, the application, or other inquiries, please contact:

Katie Brannen | Program Specialist
Irvine Police Department
Office of Professional Development
(949) 724-7045

Thank you for your interest in our program!

Irvine Police Community Police Academy (CPA) Form
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By pressing the "Submit Application" button below, you are affirming all information you have provided is true and correct to the best of your knowledge, and you understand you will be required to undergo a background investigation prior to being invited to the class. You further agree if any negative information regarding your background is revealed during the course of the program, you may be asked to leave.