Community Police Academy

Police Chief

Paul Noel
(865) 215-7000

Public Safety Complex
1650 Huron St.
Knoxville, TN 37917

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KPD Training Unit
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July 2023 Community Police Academy application

The goal of the Knoxville Police Department's Community Police Academy is to create and develop a growing nucleus of responsible, well-informed residents who have the potential to influence public opinion concerning police practices and service delivery. Graduates of our program will fulfill the critical role of providing input and information to their neighborhoods which will increase community involvement on issues of mutual concern. This active resident participation will improve the quality of life and build lasting and productive partnerships between our police department and the communities we so proudly serve.


Upon successful completion of the Community Police Academy, each graduate will:
  • Gain a better understanding of how the Knoxville Police Department is organized and how each unit functions, as well as achieve an appreciation for the daily challenges facing Law Enforcement Professionals. 
  • Possess the ability to participate and provide informed assistance in the organization of neighborhood watch groups as well as be a source of knowledge in additional crime prevention initiatives such as prevention through environmental design, and residential and business security, 
  • Possess the skill and desire to identify, recruit, and mentor potential candidates for employment within the Knoxville Police Department as well as future participants in the Community Police Academy. 
  • Demonstrate the enhancement of their observational skills and make a commitment to report any suspected criminal behavior, 
  • Possess the knowledge and information to serve as a participant in the decision making process for a variety of community policing initiatives such as: Court Monitoring, Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness Programs, Traffic Safety Campaigns, Violence Prevention, Mentoring Programs for Youth, Victim Awareness, Victim Support

  • Must be at least eighteen (18) year's of age
  • Must live or work within the City of Knoxville
  • Must submit a completed application
The Community Police Academy (CPA) accepts people regardless of background, including prior criminal convictions, and seeks a diverse applicant pool from the community. The Knoxville Police Department will review all applicants to determine whether an applicant has any outstanding criminal warrants, which disqualifies the applicant from acceptance to the program.


The CPA is an 10-week, scenario-based, interactive program which meets on Thursday evenings, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., primarily at the Knoxville Police Department Training Academy with remote locations possible due to field trips.

A wide range of topics are covered dealing with the various capabilities and functions of the Knoxville Police Department. 

Class sizes are kept to a minimum, in order to foster an environment for individual attention an active class participation.

Attendance of each session is critical to fully benefit from participation in the CPA. Please make every effort to attend each training session. If you will be unable to attend, or will need to arrive late, please notify the CPA Coordinator at the earliest opportunity.