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Citizens Police Academy (C.P.A.)

The Harris County Citizens Police Academy class is a free, 13 weeks, training opportunity providing for citizens to learn about the internal operations of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Topics include:


  • Community Policing
  • 911 Communications
  • HROU
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Gang Unit
  • Auto Theft
  • K-9
  • Tasers
  • Detention Operations
  • Texas Penal Code
  • Law Updates
  • Homicide Investigations
  • Handcuffing Techniques
  • Cold Case
  • Scenario Night

Classes will meet on every Thursday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. followed by a graduation ceremony upon completion of training. Space is limited. Please apply early.

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.

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

The Harris County Citizens Police Academy is for citizens of all backgrounds and occupations. The CPA is a part of our ongoing efforts to develop citizen awareness and public understanding of law enforcement.


For more information about the Citizens Police Academy, contact:



Mail the application


To: Harris County Sheriff’s Office

Crime Prevention Unit
9111 Eastex Freeway, Suite 300
Houston, TX 77093


Residents who are interested in participating in the CPA, please contact the HCSO at 713-759-9454 or download an application by clicking here .

About Us

The Harris County Sheriff's Office, founded in 1837, is the largest sheriff's office in Texas and the third largest in the United States. The HCSO has over 4600 employees and 200 reservists dedicated to ensuring the safety of over 4.1 million residents who call Harris County home. Harris County encompasses 1788 square miles (1729 land) and includes forty-one incorporated municipalities.

Core Values

Merit and maintain the public’s trust.
Embrace and deliver professional service.
Protect our citizens with honor and courage.
Exemplify ethical conduct at all times.
Develop, encourage, and care for our Sheriff’s Office family.

Contact Us

1200 Baker Street
Houston, TX 77002
Emergency: 911
Non Emergency: (713) 221-6000
Inmate Information: (713) 755-5300
Information Line: (713) 755-6044
webmaster@sheriff.hctx.net

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