Accessible Version



CPA Graduating Class of 2017


The first Citizens' Police Academy was formed in the United Kingdom in 1977. Our Service's first Academy began on March 25, 1999, and ran for eight weeks. The facilitator was Staff Sergeant Derek McElveny, who is our retired Chief of Police.
Each Academy has been structured as an interactive, information-sharing evening, similar to a night school class. Whatever a citizen?s motivation for attending, the end result will be a community member who better understands the challenges and responsibilities that the men and women of the Brantford Police Service face every day.
This year's Academy will run from Wednesday, March 25, 2020 to Wednesday, May 17, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 




We are looking for mature, community-minded adults who represent a wide range of ages, occupations and reasons for participating. Security checks will be completed before selection of the participants and valid photo identification is also required which should be attached to the application.

It is anticipated that the following topics will be covered in our 21st Citizens' Police Academy:

  • Overview of the Brantford Police Service
  • Tour of the facility
  • Forensic Identification
  • Canine Unit
  • Criminal Investigation - Major Crime
  • Street Crimes Unit
  • Emergency Response Unit
  • Use of force
  • Internet crime and safety
  • Motor vehicle investigation/reconstruction and radar

The Academy culminates with a graduation ceremony which includes a draw for three graduates to participate in a "ride along" with one of our community patrol officers.

All sessions will be held in the Community Room of the Brantford Police Service, 344 Elgin Street (corner of Gretzky Parkway and Elgin Street), Brantford, Ontario N3T 5T3.
If you have any questions about our Citizens' Police Academy, please feel free to contact Constable Nick Lawson at    

Application forms must be filled out completely and legibly or application will not be processed.

Citizen Academy Application