Metro Transit Police Community Police Academy

To assist the community in better understanding police training, procedure, and philosophy, the Metro Transit Police (MTPD) offers a 8-week Community Police Academy (CPA) available to applicants who are residents of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as WMATA employees, members of local civic and governmental organizations.  Participants of the CPA are given the opportunity to experience firsthand many areas of police training. The program parallels the same subject areas that police officer candidates receive, functioning as  "mini-capsules" of the basic training program. The CPA is for informative purposes only, and it does not train or give authority to participants to act in a law enforcement capacity. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

The 8 weekly sessions will include topics such as:

  • Youth Services
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Hazardous Devices and K-9
  • Special Response Team
  • Police Communications
  • Crime Analysis and Records
  • Evidence and Property
  • Police Training
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Crime Scene Investigation
When: September 20, 2023

Where: Metro Transit Police Department's Police Headquarters
4100 Garden City Drive Hyattsville, Maryland

The program is FREE of charge to all participants.


  • Deadline to apply is September 10, 2023
  • The CPA will accept up to 20 applicants per class
  • The time commitment for participants is 8 weeks, one to two hours per session, plus a required ride-along with an officer.

For more information on the CPA, please contact Lieutenant Bret Groth at

Apply Now

To apply to the Citizen’s Police Academy, please complete the following steps:

  1. Download and fill out the CPA Registration Form here.
  2. Download and fill out the CPA Waiver Form here.
  3. Completed forms should be emailed to ATTN: Citizen Police Academy Registration

Rules and Requirements

To read more about the rules and requirements for the Citizen's Police Academy, click here.