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The Copley, Barberton and Norton Police Departments are proud to present a program that provides insight to the public on the responsibilities and operations of your local Police Department. Our 10th Academy will begin March 23, 2017.

We have designed the Southern Summit Citizens Police Academy to accomplish several goals. The most important goal is to open channels of communication between the citizen's and their local Police Department. Additionally, we want to develop an understanding of the police role within the community. The objective of the Academy is not to make police officers out of the graduates, but to make them better informed citizens with an accurate knowledge of law enforcements many responsibilities and functions.

The Southern Summit Citizens Police Academy is a twelve week program that will be held  each Thursday evening, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In each class session, instructors will provide guidance and information concerning a particular area of law enforcement. Attendees will have an opportunity to experience how the police department functions in the community with some hands-on training.

Requirements for participants include:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have no criminal history other than minor traffic violations (background checks will be performed).
  • Be physically able to participate in active class trainings.
  • Commit to attend 12 weekly 3-hour training sessions.
  • Sign any required waivers or agreement.

You can pick up an application at the Copley Police Department Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Applications are also available online at  If you have any questions or would like an application mailed to you, please contact Officer Tom Ballinger at the Copley Police Department, 330-666-4218 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click below for the SSCPA application form.

SSCPA Application 2017