Citizen's Police Academy

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Police Academy is designed to increase understanding between members of the community and the Harris County Sherriff’s Office. Participants will become familiar with the Sheriff’s Office many aspects of law enforcement, such as the Texas Penal Code, Patrol Procedures, and many other topics. Residents will gain a better understanding of how police services are conducted in their communities and see “how and why” deputies make some of their decisions in the course of their duties.

Graduates will be better-informed citizens in a position to share their experiences with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.

Benefits of participating in a Citizens Police Academy Class:

  • Helps citizens to alleviate misunderstandings about policing.
  • Teaches participants how to better protect their property and enhance overall safety.
  • Offers a firsthand look at the polices and regulations that police must follow.
  • Provides all graduates an opportunity to join the CPA Alumni Association and continue their involvement with the Harris County Sheriff's Office through a number of volunteer opportunities.

Topics: (Included but not limited to)

  • Penal Code
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Detention Operations
  • K-9
  • Homicide
  • Internet Safety
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • 911 Communications
  • • Internal Affairs

The CPA is free and open to qualified individuals. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, reside in Harris County and pass a background check.

For more information about the Citizen’s Police Academy, contact the Community Engagement Division at 346-286-3125 or email