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Citizens Police Academy


The East Providence Police Department will be starting a Citizens Police Academy Class this fall (the tentative starting date is September 21, 2022 dependent upon recruitment).  The academy is a twelve-week program of weekly 2- to 3-hour meetings.

All instructors are East Providence Police Officers who volunteer their time to present topics that include criminal investigations, patrol operations, crime scene investigation, communications operations, and much more.  Academy members may participate in mock motor vehicle stops, mock building searches, and equipment demonstrations.  The goal of the Academy is to enhance police-community relations by providing citizens with an in-depth look at the East Providence Police Department, general aspects of law enforcement, and the officers who execute their policing duties.  This Academy has been very successful since its inception in March of 1996.

To participate in the Academy, one must be 18 years of age, a resident of the City of East Providence, and have no criminal record. Class size is generally limited to 20 members.

The Academy culminates in a graduation ceremony where city officials, police officers, and the participants’ families are cordially invited to attend.  Certificates and Citizens Police Academy mementos are presented to the Academy graduates.

Applications may be obtained by contacting our Community Policing Supervisor, Sergeant James Aceto at (401) 563-8699.  The application may also be found at the East Providence Police Station located at 750 Waterman Avenue.

We hope to see you in September!  Thank you! 


Last Updated: Wed, 08/31/2022 - 4:14pm