Citizen Police Academy


The Winder Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is designed to give an opportunity for the community and business members to become informed and educated about the many facets of police work. The Academy is designed to give the attendees exposure as to why police respond to various situations in a particular way and how they ultimately handle those situations. The ultimate goal of the CPA is to develop relationships between law enforcement, communities and businesses. We hope to create an alliance that leaves us with voices in the community to act as ambassadors to build solid partnerships, creating a better quality of life for those we serve.

The CPA is open to all Barrow County residents 18 years of age or older who successfully pass the application process and a driver and criminal history check.

Classes meet for two hours, one night per week for ten (10) weeks. The CPA consists of both classroom and practical application that is scenario-based with a mock trial at the end of the ten (10) weeks, which provides class members the opportunity to see how cases are handled from beginning to end.

Some of the activities include:

  • Patrol Operations
  • Accident Investigations
  • DUI/Traffic Enforcement
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Interviews and Interrogations
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Domestic Violence
  • Judgmental Firearms Training
  • Community Policing Initiatives

The applications are considered in the order they are received. If you are selected to participate, you will receive a letter of acceptance sent to the address listed on your application.

For additional information, contact Lieutenant Chris Cooper at (678) 425-6855. Classes are scheduled periodically throughout the year and are advertised locally in newspapers, Winder TV-21, and on the police department's Facebook page. 

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