“Understanding Through Education”

Captain Raymond Dupuis,
Sergeant Jeffery Pugliese,
Assistant Director

What is the purpose of conducting a citizen police academy?

To give the public a working knowledge of the Watertown Police Department’s policies and procedures, through a series of classes instructed by Watertown Police Department personnel.

In what ways will the CPA improve police community relations?

The more information the public has about their police department, the less suspicions, fears, and misconceptions will exist. Many conflicts are caused simply by a lack of understanding, and these could be avoided. The motto of the Citizen Police Academy is “Understanding through Education”.

How is the class conducted?

Participants meet once per week for ten consecutive weeks. The sessions will be held at the Watertown Police Department located at 552 Main St Watertown, MA 02472. Instruction is designed to be appealing to participants with lectures, tours, demonstrations, and hands on practice.

What type of material is covered?

The sessions are designed to give an overview of the Watertown Police Department and its various functions; from hiring practices to training and investigation.

How will the information obtained in this course be used by the public?

We believe that an informed public is better able to make decisions about the Watertown Police Department. We hope this program will assist us in breaking down any barriers between the police and the people they serve.

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Dear Watertown Resident,

As the Watertown Police Department moves toward community policing, it is important to have citizen-police interaction and cooperation. One way to accomplish this goal is through an exchange of ideas and education.

The Watertown Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy (CPA) program is an excellent means to achieve this end. The CPA is designed to acquaint the public with the operations of the police department. It is our intention that after completion of this ten week program, participants will have a better understanding of the police officer’s role in the criminal justice system and an appreciation of the many challenges facing law enforcement in today’s society.

The course is structured to provide as much information as possible in enjoyable and interesting ways. There is No Fee. We only require that participants come each week prepared to be involved in discussion and demonstrations

The CPA will include information on such topics as law, patrol operations, deadly force, arrest procedures, accident and criminal investigation, drugs, crime prevention, community policing, CPR, and much more.

I invite you to apply and be a part of this cooperative effort between the police and the community. Please print and fill out the application available online, or pick one up at the police station. Seating is limited so apply as soon as possible, applicants will be notified promptly.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Captain Raymond Dupuis
Bureau of Field Operations