Community Policing Certificate Program

The Community Policing Certificate Program (CPCP) is designed to recognize the achievement of an individual’s progressive training goals within the field of Community Oriented Policing.  The program blends a mixture of core courses, electives, and practical experience that together form a strong foundation of critical knowledge and information.  It is designed to increase the professional excellence of the law enforcement member who is actively engaged in Community Oriented Policing.

Program Requirements

The total requirement for the completion of the program is 400 class hours as noted on certificates.  This number includes the hours required for all core courses.

Current course requirements as of July 1, 2022:

The old ELECTIVES can be credited to only those APPLICANTS who began their certificates prior to July 1, 2022.

Currently required core courses:

Community Oriented Policing  24 Hours
Crime Prevention Specialist Part 1 (web-blend)  16 Hours
Crime Prevention Specialist Part 2  24 Hours
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design  32 Hours
Police Law Institute  76 Hours
Verbal Judo  16 Hours
Total of Core Courses Required 188 Hours

Current electives: You will need 212 elective hours.

Advanced SRO Survival 24 Hours
Basic Anti-Terrorism Awareness 16 Hours
Basic Hostage and Crisis Negotiations 40 Hours
Basic Hostage Negotiations for First Responders  8 Hours
Developing Speaking Skills  24 Hours
First Line Supervision 40 Hours
Fundamentals of Law Enforcement Driving 24 Hours
Human Trafficking Protocol for Law Enforcement  4 Hours
Identification of Fraudulent Documents  8 Hours
Investigating Crimes in Long-Term Care Facilities 24 Hours
Narcotics Investigator 40 Hours
Officer Safety/Readiness Training 45 Hours
Robbery Response Tactics (web-based) 24 Hours
School Resource Officer 40 Hours
School Resource Officer Ethics 32 Hours
Solo Active Shooter Response 24 Hours
T.R.R.U.T.H. – Taking Race Relations and Understanding to Heart 16 Hours

Officers who are approved must be a sworn member of a law enforcement agency (public or private).
Any approved courses taken prior to the acceptance date will be credited towards completion of the certificate program if taken within the previous ten years of the application date.
Conferences or symposiums will not count towards the completion of the topic areas.

  • The program will accept up to 120 hours of courses taken but not instructed or sponsored by the NCJA. Accepted outside courses will be approved at the discretion of the program coordinator.
  • PLI is an NCJA-sponsored course and may be taken at any location.

Hours of credit will be given as listed on course completion documentation. Final approval of courses and credit hours is at the discretion of the program coordinator. Accepted officers will be responsible for maintaining documentation of their own progress. Certificates and ongoing documentation other than the initial application will not be maintained on file at the NCJA until the officer has completed the program (NOTE: This is an important change from the previous CPCP).

CPCP participants will submit with the training certificate proofs and a first-person narrative, a maximum of one page, explaining how this training process has helped to advance their professional Law Enforcement career. Recommendations for the improvement of CPCP or NCJA training, in general, are welcome and should be included. The program coordinator will be available on an individual basis if any participant needs clarification regarding this written project element.

Contact Us

For more information about this program contact:

Carlton Joyner, Program Coordinator
Phone: (910) 926-6032

Program Application

The student must complete the program within ten (10) years from the initial entry date.  If extenuating circumstances exist, the student may apply for an extension to the program coordinator.

Applicants must include in the application a brief written narrative that answers the following questions:

  • What the applicant expects to gain from this certificate program.
  • Personal and professional career goals.
  • How NCJA training specifically focused on Community Policing can advance those goals.
  • Statement of agreement to complete this program within ten years of the acceptance date.

To apply, please complete the online application below. Make sure you also include your brief written narrative.

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