Lieutenant Brian Loughlin
Commanding Officer, Community Relations Bureau

Sergeant Bonnie Raber
Executive Officer, Community Relations Bureau


various photos of police interacting with the community

Civilian Police Academy

The Civilian Police Academy is an award winning educational program which invites Suffolk County residents to receive specialized training given at their Police Academy for the purpose of bringing the Police Department and the community closer together.  It opens up the lines of communication and builds trust between the police and the community. The Civilian Academy dispels misconceptions as to how the Police Department operates and lets the public have a better understanding of what their police can and cannot do. There is NO physical component to the program.

Civilian Academy Brochure

How long is it?

The Civilian Academy is a total of 48 hours long.  There are 16 sessions, one session per week.   Each class is approx. three hours long, starting at 6:30PM and ending at 9:30PM. One Academy is run each year. The Civilian Academy typically starts in early March, ending in June.

What will be taught?

Classes are held on various topics including Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure, Use of Force, Traffic Enforcement, Domestic Violence, Narcotics and Homicide Investigations, Bias Crimes, as well as other topics. Additionally, students have the option of riding along with Police Officers from their local precinct for a tour of duty and attending a demonstration at the Police Firearms Range & Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (E.V.O.C.).

Who can apply?

Any adult resident of Suffolk County (21 years or older).  Preference is given to people in active leadership positions in their communities (members of civic associations, community businesses, neighborhood watches, tax payers associations, elected leaders, school officials, etc.). Applications received will be kept on file for the next available class.

What does it cost?

There is no fee or charge of any kind.

How do you apply?

Apply Here

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Make sure to include a copy of your current, valid photo ID with the completed application.

Suffolk County Police Academy
502 Wicks Road
Brentwood, NY 11717
Attn: Academy In Service Training Section – Civilian Academy
(631) 853 - 7000

Come join your fellow neighbors and friends who have already
graduated from this highly successful and rewarding program!




Suffolk County Police Department, Community Relations Bureau, 30 Yaphank Ave, Yaphank, NY 11980

EMAIL: SCPDCRB​@suffolkcountyny​.gov

PHONE: 631-852-6109