Citizen Police Academy
Since its inception in 1998, the Jacksonville Beach Citizen Police Academy (JBCPA) has graduated 42 classes with over 1,100 graduates. The JBCPA provides an opportunity for citizens and officers alike to come together in a relaxing and interactive atmosphere to learn more about the “inner workings” of the Jacksonville Beach Police Department. Presentations are given during a 12-week academy session that meets every Thursday night from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Two academy sessions are held each year and begin on the second Thursday in January and July. Attendees receive a customized CPA logo polo shirt and handout materials. Participants are treated to many media packed presentations highlighting the major divisions and sections within the organization. They will be able to hold and interact with a lot of tactical gear used by our police officers. They will receive highly charged presentations from officers who are members of the:
- Patrol unit
- Detective squad
- Narcotic detective squad
- SWAT Team
- Evidence Technicians squad
- K-9 team
- Traffic and DUI unit
Extra presentations are given on:
- A real life cold case homicide
- A real major crime scene incident from beginning to finish
- Criminal sexual offenders
Attendees will also:
- Dust for fingerprints with evidence technicians
- Ride along with a patrol officer during a patrol shift.
- Go to the gun range and use officers’ guns (Saturday)
Class 43 will start on July 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. The cost to attend is only $25. All applications and registration fees are due to the station at 101 South Penman Rd, Jacksonville Beach by July 9, 2019.
Graduates of the Jacksonville Beach Citizen Police Academy formed an Alumni Association (JBCPAAA) to continue their association with and support for the police department. Their assistance has been invaluable to the department. Members continue their education about the department by attending training sessions during their monthly meetings. They volunteer for activities such as the Children’s Halloween and Christmas Parties, assistance at various festivals, fingerprinting, helmet fitting at Bike Rodeos, Kids Fishing Rodeo, data entry, and vehicle maintenance. There are over 100 members of the CPAAA who volunteer around 12,000 hours of time each fiscal year.