Citizen Police Academy

The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is an instructional program designed to provide Vandalia citizens with an understanding of the science and art of policing. The comprehensive program is designed to provide information on the law enforcement profession and its governing principles.


The CPA will introduce citizens to a number of current law enforcement topics and the latest Vandalia Division of Police procedures. It is not our intention to train citizens to take police action or perform law enforcement duties but to provide them with an overview of how a police department operates. An optional ride-along and tour of police facilities is included in the program. Training is provided by police officers and civilians that have experience in the related subject areas.

The interaction that takes place during the Citizen Police Academy benefits both the citizens of the Vandalia community and the Vandalia Division of Police.

Class Dates

The CPA is offered once each year. Classes are held in the evening over an eight consecutive week period, with classes once per week. 

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