The Houlton Police Department has found that education has
been most effective in gaining understanding and support
from the community. The Citizen Police Academy offers citizens
insights into how police officers perform their duties and
how the Houlton Police Department serves the community.
The purpose and mission of the Citizen Police Academy is
to foster better understanding between citizens and police
through education. The Academy will promote better understanding
to the attendees so that they may possess greater insight
into police practices and the services that we provide.
Graduates of the Academy can share their knowledge and experiences
with the community as the opportunity arises. Everyone benefits
from enhancing citizen and community understanding of the
role and function of their police department.
The Citizen Academy is designed to increase understanding
between the citizens of Houlton and the police by educating
the community. Our intent is to acquaint citizens with law
enforcement's role in the criminal justice system, and provide
increased understanding of the tasks and duties that police
officers face in their daily work. By obtaining this better
understanding the citizens are able to assist in finding
realistic solutions to the communities or neighborhood problems.
The program originated in Orlando, Florida in 1984. Orlando
was the first city in the United States to start a Citizen
The Houlton Police Department's mission statement clearly
establishes the philosophy that the people plus the police
is paramount for community oriented policing. The Houlton
Police Department seeks to educate the citizens to create
and develop a sense of cooperation between the citizens
and the police to establish the common goal of providing
a safe and secure community for all of our citizens.
Citizens meet one night each week from 6:00 PM
to 9:00 PM for 10 weeks. They receive approximately twenty-six hours of
classroom instruction by police officers and civilians who
supervise or work in each particular division within the
police department. The curriculum and teaching methods are
similar to those of the regular Police Academy, with a mix
of lecture format and scenario/hands-on training. Participants
are encouraged to ask questions and express their views
and concerns to members of the Houlton Police Department.
Participants will be asked to critique the various instructors
as well as the overall academy experience.
The Houlton Police Department Citizen Police Academy (HPD CPA)
is a 10-week program that is intended to provide participants
with an overview of the Police Department's functions and
operational procedures. The weekly sessions are not intended
to train participants to be Police Officers but are intended
to help create a citizenry that is both familiar and comfortable
with their Police Department. The classes are taught by
officers of the Houlton Police Department, which gives participants
ample opportunity to interact, ask questions, and speak
with the instructors as well as the Command Staff. Participants
will be asked to critique the various instructors as well
as the overall academy experience.
We believe that an informed public is one that is better
able to understand decisions made by the police department.
We want the participants to have enough background information
to now why the police "do what they do" and we hope the
class will break down many barriers between the police and
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and live or
work in the greater Houlton area. Ages 16 and 17 may attend
if permitted by parents or guardians, or accompanied by
Due to the anticipated high number of applicants; we require
a commitment to the 10-week program. In order to achieve
the full benefit of the program, attendance is critical.
Complete the Citizen Police Academy registration form.
Stop by the Houlton Police Department to get a copy or download
and print a copy and return it to the department. Click
here for copy of CPA Registration Form. (PDF
Registration Forms should be submitted back to the PD by March 7, 2013.
If you have any questions or need more information please
contact Sgt. Eric Crouse
or Sgt. Chuck Wampler,
Citizen Police Academy Coordinators at 532-2287.