Community Police Academy

Contact Information

Click to download the 2020 CPA brochureWant to gain insight into how the Renton Police Department operates? If so, the Community Police Academy is for you!

The Community Police Academy is a 10-week program designed to educate participants on the “hows” and “whys” of our operations and services. Our academy offers front-line and behind-the-scenes information on law enforcement through interactive presentations and tours.

2020 Spring Academy

Details for the Spring 2020 Academy (April 14 through June 16) are still being confirmed, but applications are being accepted.

Community Police Academy

Academy Goals

  • Provide the community information to gain knowledge of police operations, units, division, procedures, and protocol.

  • Develop a partnership between the community and police in order to establish a safer community.

  • Motivate the community to proactively help prevent crime to help strengthen police and community relationships.

Topics & Activities

  • Patrol Operations
  • Traffic Division
  • Use of Force
  • Hostage Negotiations
  • Narcotics Enforcement
  • Homicide Investigations
  • Crisis Communications
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Evidence
  • S.W.A.T.
  • K-9 Unit
  • Tour of Valley Communications Center
  • Tour of the South Correctional Entity (SCORE) jail facility
  • Simulated driving and shooting exercises at the Criminal Justice Training Center

Application Process

To participate you must be willing to commit to attend at least 8 of the 10 sessions.
Priority is given to those who live or work in Renton city limits.

**Only those applicants who have successfully registered, passed a background check, and received confirmation of acceptance will be permitted to attend this academy.**

Please send your completed applications to Stephanie Hynes at the Renton Police Department, or email the application to Stephanie.


  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • No prior felony convictions
  • Must attend at least 8 of the 10 classes
  • Attendees who miss more than two classes will be asked to reapply to a later session

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