Can Citizens' Police Academies Influence Citizens' Beliefs and Perceptions?

May 1, 2005

Does this kind of police academy have a place in today’s local government? This article describes the growing use of citizen police academies (CPAs) to improve relations and interactions with the community. Highlights results from a telephone survey of Virginia residents that explored knowledge of, participation in, and perception of CPAs. Contrasts citizen perception of police in jurisdictions that have a CPA with citizen perception of police where there is no CPA.

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