Citizens Police Academy (CPA)
117 W. Pleasant St. Portage, WI 53901
Portage Police Department- Citizens Police Academy (CPA)
The Citizens Police Academy is an opportunity for citizens of the greater Portage Area to gain additional knowledge of our department, the officers, daily operations and tactics of law enforcement through classroom and hands-on training delivered by Portage Police Officers. In return, this program helps us meet the goals of our mission statement and maintain our close connection to the community. The Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is a ten week program which meets once a week on Tuesday nights from 6:30pm-9:00pm. The program start date for 2020 will be Tuesday, February 25 and end on April 28, 2020
- Code of Conduct
- Critical Stress Debrief
- Chaplains Program
- Basic Law and Police Procedures
- Criminal Investigations/ Crime Scenes/Evidence
- Use of Force – Firearms, Taser, Defense tactics
- Traffic Stops
- Room Clearing/Searches
- Operating While Impaired
- K9 Program
Who can Apply ?
All are encouraged to apply that meet the requirements below:
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old,
- Have a connection to Portage (live, work, etc.),
- Able to pass a background check; no felony convictions
How to Enroll:
Interested citizens can stop at the Portage Police Department to obtain an application,
Make contact with Chief Keith Klafke at (608) 742-2174 ext 314,
Complete the online application form and either drop if off at the Portage Police Department or fax to The Portage Police Department: Attention Assistant Chief Klafke at (608)742-1175 or mail to 117 W. Pleasant St. Portage, WI 53901.
Volunteers in Police Services
Every year we have participates that want to continue their connection and assist the Portage Police Department. Graduates of the academy have the option to continue their support and by joining our Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS).
There is no pressure to join our VIPS unit but if you have some spare time or looking to volunteer your services, our VIP members help assist with Police functions as well as Community events. After the academy graduation we meet on a monthly basis for additional training, current trends, and discuss upcoming events.