Lt Mike Seagrave
Westfield Police Department (IN)
Deputy Michelle Ulgalde
Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office, (NM)
Waterloo Regional Police Service
CPA Coordinator (ON. CAN)
Kent County Sheriff Department
Volunteer / Community Outreach Coordinator (MI)
The Citizen’s Police Academy Symposium / Conference concept was born in September 1993, in Duncanville, Texas (near Dallas, Texas). Officer Ray Ramon and Mr. Tom Bryson of the Duncanville Police Department, both active in North Texas Crime Prevention Association, approached Chief Michael Courville with the concept. With the help of several members of law enforcement of the North Texas area (one being Officer Chris B. Gescheidle of the Richardson Police Department) the first Symposium was held that same month in Duncanville, and was attended by approximately 47 people from around Texas. With the interest (and curiosity) developed by the initial Symposium, a second was held 1994 and was hosted by the Gainesville Police Department, the Gainesville CPA Alumni, Officer Buck Tatem and Chief Carl Dunlap.
This Symposium was attended by over 230 people from Texas and several other states and from as far away as Hawaii. The following year,1995, a third Symposium was hosted by the Sugar Land CPA Alumni, Officer Joe Jeffery and Chief Earnest Taylor along with several area police departments. Well over 300 people from several states attended. It was at this event that the National CPAA idea and concept was officially discussed at a meeting held during the Symposium. Attendees included, Officer Joe Jeffrey (Sugar Land), Officer Buck Tatem (Gainesville), Sugar Land CPAA President Gary Hawkins, Officer Ray Ramon, Mr. Tom Bryson, and Chief Michael Courville (all from Duncanville), Officer Michael Koster (Aurora, Illinois), and Officer Ron Sartor (Midland, Texas). Additionally, Mr. Jim Ponzini (Little Rock, Arkansas), and Lois Welling (Police Training Institute, Champaign, Illinois), were also present.
The next year, 1996, the CPAA Symposium was held in Midland, Texas hosted by Officer Ron Sartor, Chief Richard Czech and the Midland CPA Alumni. It is important to note that during the 1996, 1997, and 1998 Symposiums, the concept of a National Citizen’s Police Academy Association was discussed and plans were put into motion. By 1998, interested parties had formed into a Board of Directors and held their first meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas. Members were Buck Tatum, Mike Koster, Ron Sartor, Mike Courville, Lois Welling, Dave Kundrot, Diana Lawler, Dave Smith, Jim Ponzini and Jennifer Bartsch. At this meeting, the first By-Laws were created, members recruited, and a decision to solicit hosts for the future symposiums was made. The original Site Committee Selection Team was Buck Tatem, Dave Kundrot and Jim Ponzini. They were selected because of their experience in hosting a nation-wide conference.
The first formal election for NCPAA Board Members was held in Lombard, Illinois, in 1999, at the National Symposium. Mike Koster (Aurora, Illinois) became the Second President of the NCPAA. Also elected at the Lombard Symposium were Craig Pitman (Reno, Nevada) as Vice President, Rob Sindern (Baraboo, Wisconsin) as Treasurer, and Executive Board Member Saundra Ligon (Columbia, South Carolina).
Click here for a printable version of the NCPAA bylaws NCPAA Bylaws 2016-4 (Microsoft Word -docx format) Revised April 2016
2019 NCPAA NOMINATION APPLICATION
The 2019 NCPAA Conference is quickly approaching and the deadline for receiving the award nominations is May 1, 2019. If you have any person, agency or group that you would like to be recognized, please get the nomination form in soon. Click here for awards categories and guidelines
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What is the Citizen Police Academy?
These programs are intended to open the lines of communication between the Community and the Police Department. Generally, the relationship between the police and the citizen is one of “love/hate”. To the Citizen, it may frequently appear that the police are not doing their job or are exceeding their boundaries. By allowing citizens a firsthand look at what rules, regulations and policies the police follow, some of the misunderstanding may be alleviated. The objective of the Citizen Police Academy is not to train an individual to be a “Reserve Police Officer” but to produce informed citizens.
The Citizens and Police Officers meet each other face to face in a neutral, friendly setting and each becomes a person to the other. In the past, citizens have simply seen a uniform, now they have an understanding about the person behind the badge.
What is the history of the Citizen Police Academy?
The founders received an immediate response from the public. They were soon overwhelmed with applicants wanting to know about “their” police force. The project was so successful that it was permanently adopted as part of an ongoing police public relations program. In 1985, the Orlando, Florida Police Department adopted the concept of the Police Night School for their agency and created the first Citizen Police Academy in the United States.
The ultimate goal of the Orlando Citizen Police Academy was to reduce crime through a stronger citizen commitment to the Police Department and the Community. Success was instantaneous and a new law enforcement tool was found. Word of the success spread and in that same year Missouri City, Texas joined in and adopted the same concept. Today you will find Citizen Police Academy programs throughout the United States in communities large and small.
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How do I become a member of the National Citizen Police Academy Association?
I would like to be nominated to the Board of Directors of the NCPAA. How do I go about doing this?
Can small departments also have a successful Citizen Police Academy program?
How do I locate a Department which offers a Citizen Police Academy Program?
I would like to make a donation to the National Citizen Police Academy Association. Would my contribution be tax deductible?
Donations to the NCPAA may be made on our DONATIONS PAGE
What awards are given by the National Citizen Police Academy Association?
The President of the National Citizen Police Academy Association also has at their discretion the opportunity to award the Presidents Award for an individual who has promoted the Citizen Police Academy concept on a National level.