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patchThe Town of Tonawanda Police Department conducts a Citizen Police Academy (CPA) every January.  NOTE: To be eligible for the Advanced Class you must have completed the Basic Class.   Some of the highlights of the Advanced Class include a K-9 demonstration, firearms training, Crime Scene Processing with practical exercises in photography, latent fingerprint development and evidence collection.

For more information please contact CPA Coordinator, Lieutenant Gary Reinhart at 879-6687 or Captain Corey Flatau at 879-6626 

The class structure alternates every year starting in January.

January 2022  is for those interested in the BASIC ACADEMY.

 ACADEMY UPDATE for 2022!   

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department will once again be hosting Citizen Police Academy classes. Public support is essential in law enforcement, and the Citizen Police Academy is an excellent opportunity to bring the citizens of the community and law enforcement personnel together. The goal of the Citizen Police Academy is "Understanding through Education". This is accomplished by the exchange of information between the citizens and the Citizen Police Academy instructors.  Participants will be introduced to various aspects of law enforcement. Subject matters covered include; patrol operations, criminal and homicide investigations, narcotics, traffic and criminal laws as well as other law enforcement related topics. The academy will meet each Tuesday evening for 13 consecutive weeks from 7:00 to 10:00 P.M. at the Town of Tonawanda Police Headquarters.
     Class size will be limited to 25 participants. Anyone interested must complete an application, which may be obtained by calling Captain Corey Flatau at 879-6626 or  Lieutenant Gary Reinhart at 716-879-6687. You can also download each below.

Completed applications should be returned as soon as possible and will be kept on file for filling future academy classes.

For the Basic Course in January 2022 please click here

For the Advanced Course January 2023 please click here


  • Tour of Headquarters
  • Forensics
  • Constitutional Law
  • Penal Law
  • Use of Force/shoot-don’t shoot simulator
  • Drug Enforcement
  • Juvenile Bureau
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Community Policing
  • Dispatch and Communications
  • Major Crime Scenes
  • Students will also participate in a four hour ride-a-long with an officer on patrol.  

The Citizen Police Academy is conducted in a classroom setting.

All classes are taught by Town of Tonawanda Officers who have extensive training and experience in the subject matter they instruct.

At the completion of the thirteen-week program, The Chief of Police and/or Town Supervisor will present students with a graduation diploma.


Citizen’s Police Academy Mission Statement

In partnership with the community, we strive to provide service based on excellence and to ensure a safe and secure environment.


We respect and uphold the rights and freedoms of all members of society.

We believe policing is a shared responsibility, and recognize the necessity of developing and maintaining strong partnerships with individuals, organizations and agencies within our community.


CPA CLASS email 

Citizen Police Academy. On the Shooting Range