CPA North Iowa - Citizens Police Academy

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2017 session of the Citizen Police Academy – now called CPA North Iowa – Is scheduled to start on March 21, 2017.  Please see below for information about the Academy.  If you have further questions contact Officer Jeremy Ryal at 641-421-2716.

Citizens Police Academy North Iowa is a partnership between the Mason City Police Department, the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office, and the Clear Lake Police Department.  The purpose of the Academy is to provide an educational opportunity for community members to learn first-hand about police and sheriff operations, procedures, and training with the goal of enhancing police-community relationships.

Citizens Police Academy participants will have the opportunity interact with administrators, investigators, patrol officers and deputies from each agency and representatives from other segments of the criminal justice system.  It is our hope that to give participants insight beyond the “what” and “how” of law enforcement to the “why” of what we do.

The nine-week program, scheduled to begin on March 21st, 2017, will meet each week on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  The last class date is Tuesday, May 16th.  Participants will be instructed in multiple areas including; Overview/History of each agency, Patrol , Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene, Use of Force and more.  All participants will be encouraged to schedule a ride-a-long with a patrol officer and/or deputy as part of the experience.

Citizens Police Academy North Iowa is open to anyone who works or lives in Cerro Gordo County, subject to the following requirements: Participants must be 18 at least years of age and be out of High School, have no felony convictions at all, and no arrests (including misdemeanors) within the past three years. Those interested in attending must apply in advance and all applicants must agree to submit to a background check.  There are no physical requirements although participants will be encouraged to participate in hands-on training during some sessions.  There is no cost to participants and a meal will be provided at the beginning of each class session.

The class size will be limited to no more than 18 participants. The class typically fills quickly so if you are interested in attending please return an application as soon as possible.  The deadline for application to the 2017 Citizens Police Academy North Iowa is Friday, March 3rd, 2017.

Please print out an  application form and send the completed information to:

Mason City Police Department

78 South Georgia Avenue
Mason City, IA


Please note that the application includes a questionnaire that must also be completed.  Applications with questionnaire may also be picked up in person at the Mason City or Clear Lake Police Departments or the Sheriff’s Office.

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