CMPA Citizen Academy

Citizen Police Academy 

The Central Marin Police Authority’s Citizen Police Academy (CPA) provides our community with an inside look at local law enforcement and the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the police department.  In weekly presentations, participants are introduced to a wide variety of law enforcement topics.  The ten week academy program is designed to provide an overview of the Authority’s function and operational procedures.


The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to the traditional police academy; however, the once-weekly sessions are not designed to train the participant as a police officer.  Police officers and professional staff teach the academy classes.  Participants will have the opportunity to meet with the Chief of Police and staff members.  Everyone is encouraged to ask questions and 

engage in dialogue on law enforcement and community issues.


The Citizen Academy is designed to be a key element in the Police Authority’s commitment to community policing and strengthening our collaborative partnerships with our communities. Graduates of the Citizen Academy will have the opportunity to build on their CPA experience by joining CMPA’s volunteer program.



In addition to the classroom curriculum, participants will be provided with full tours of both police stations and the Marin County Sheriff's Communications Center. Students will also have the opportunity to go on a ride-a-long with a uniformed patrol officer. The ride-a-long will be scheduled separately from the Thursday evening sessions.


The Chief of Police selects participants through an application process. Academy participants must meet the following criteria:


  •  Minimum age of 18 years (Must be at least a high school senior).


  •  Live or work in the City of Larkspur, the Town of Corte Madera, or the Town of San Anselmo.


  •  Successfully pass a background investigation.


Applications and information may be obtained here by clicking on the link below:
                                             Citizen Academy Application

All application packets must be mailed to:

Central Marin Police Authority
ATTN: Citizen's Academy
250 Doherty Dr Larkspur, CA 94939