Citizens Police Academy

The Citizens Police Academy is an interactive program designed to educate the public about KPD policies and the criminal justice system. The CPA allows the police department and interested citizens of Kauaʻi to share information and ideas in an interactive and positive setting, with the goal of building relationships, increasing community involvement and reducing crime on our island.

Classroom and field instruction will cover a variety of subjects to give participants a brief overview of what it takes to be a police officer. Topics include firearms, crime scenes, communications, police vehicles, report writing, domestic violence, and community policing.

CPA participants will meet for three to four hours once a week, on a week night or a Saturday, for 13 weeks. Most sessions will be held at Ka Hale Makai 0 Kauai, Lihuʻe Headquarters. Participants will also visit the Kipu Pistol Range and other locations as needed, including a police vehicle ride-along.

There is no cost to participate in the Citizens Police Academy.

Participants must meet the following requirements:

  • A Kauaʻi resident
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Have a valid driver's license
  • No prior Felony convictions or Domestic Violence convictions
  • No DUI convictions within the last 3 years
  • No Misdemeanor or Petty Misdemeanor convictions within the last 5 years from the date of application for the Citizens Police Academy

For more information, contact Sgt. Lance Okasaki at lokasaki@kauai.gov or 241-1647

To apply, complete the online Citizens Police Academy Application Form, or print the application form (PDF) and submit it in person.

Rules of Conduct

  1. In order to successfully complete this program, you must attend at least 11 of the 13 class sessions.
  2. If you are unable to attend a class, please call or leave a message with your CPA Staff. We realize that other commitments will come up during the program, but it is important for us to have an accurate headcount for each class.
  3. If you choose to “drop out,” please notify the CPA Staff. We understand that personal situations can change during the course of the program; however, we hope everyone will be able to complete the program.
  4. Non-participants will not be allowed to attend the class sessions.
  5. The dress code is casual. (No tank tops, shorts, slippers, etc.) You will be informed about the sessions requiring different attire.
  6. As with all government buildings on Kauai, smoking is not allowed within the Ka Hale Makai O Kauai. Special areas outside the building have been designated as smoking areas.

This program is not intended to serve as a “gripe session.” There will be discussion period where we welcome input and opinions; however please remember that the overall goal of the Citizens Police Academy is to provide information in order to foster a better relationship between citizens of Kauai and their Police Officers.

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