Community Police Academy

A Word From the Lieutenant


“One thing that I stress from the beginning...is that it’s not just our job to protect you, it’s also your job to protect yourself.”

-- Lt. Eschenfelder (retired),
Original host of the CPA
Community Police Academy

Program Overview


Established in 1996,the Community Police Academy is a 12-week police discovery session, open to Westlake residents and employees of Westlake companies. It is not designed for those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement but to help increase understanding between the community and the police department that serves it.
Read 2017 Community Police Academy press release

To Apply

Thank you to everyone who applied and those who helped spread awareness of the program. The 2019 session is full and applications are no longer being accepted.

Watch this page for announcements of future sessions! 
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2019 Session on Wednesdays, March 6 - May 22

The Class is Full!

This 12-week session of the Academy will be held Wednesday nights from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., March 6 - May 22, 2019. Class size is limited to 20 participants who must be at least 21 years old and pass a background check.
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Capt. Jerry Vogel and Lt. Mark Krumheuer direct the academy, which offers students the opportunity to learn about police procedures from patrol officers, detectives and civilian staff members. Weekly session topics include police procedures, self-defense, search and seizure procedures, hostage negotiation and crowd control.


Hands-on instruction includes fingerprinting, operation of the radar and laser guns, driving a patrol car on a marked course, conducting building searches, and pistol shooting in the Westlake Police Department range.  

Well Received Program


The class has been so well received that its students consistently volunteer their time to assist the Police Department with activities such as the Bike Rodeo, Celebrate Westlake Race, and Party in the Park on the 4th of July.

“By educating the public about how the police function, our goal is to make the city a safer place. We train citizens to be more observant about what’s going on in their city.”