People’s Police Academy (PPA)

Initiated by faith leadership of the NYC Clergy Roundtable, People’s Police Academy (PPA) is a community-led initiative that is the first and only model in which civilian community experts (i.e., without any NYPD co-facilitation) train NYPD officers in a formal setting. Launched in March 2016, PPA is now formally housed within NYPD’s Police Training Academy wherein incoming police officers of each precinct receive training exclusively by community experts on Cultural Literacy, History of the Borough (where they will serve), History of Crime and Public Safety, and History of Gangs.

  • The first PPA launched in March 2016 with the 47th precinct in the Bronx.  
  • The second PPA will launch in the fall of 2017 with 79th precinct in Brooklyn. 
  • Various jurisdictions around the country, namely Los Angeles and Seattle are interested in learning about the PPA model for replication.