The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), which serves as the civilian oversight agency of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), offers a series of learning opportunities throughout the year available to members of the public (civilian and sworn) through its COPA People’s Academy (CPA).


This six-week condensed version of COPA’s Training Academy is for the public (civilian or sworn) and organizations around the country interested in learning about Civilian Police Oversight, Investigative and Legal Concepts as well as the role of COPA’s Policy, Research and Analyses Division (PRAD). Each course will be taught by COPA Subject Matter Experts.


Classes for Session 3 of COPA People’s Academy will begin in May. Registration for Session 3 of COPA People’s Academy will be posted soon. Please fill out an interest form below to receive more information.


Course Syllabus For Fall 2023

Date Course Topic Presenter(s)
October 10, 2023
  • COPA an Organizational Overview & History of Civilian Oversight of Policing
  • COPA’s Jurisdiction
Jay Westensee – Chief of Staff Ephraim Eaddy – 1st Deputy Chief Administrator

Andrea Kersten – Chief Administrator

October 17, 2023
  • Introduction to Officer-Involved Shooting/Death Investigations and Major Incident Investigations & Response
Matthew Haynam – Deputy Chief & Angela Hearts-Glass – Deputy Chief
October 24, 2023
  • Use of Force
  • Video Release Policy and Analyzing Video
Steffany Hreno – Director

Shannon Hayes – Director

November 1, 2023

*Virtual Session

  • Domestic Violence & Sexual Misconduct Investigations
  • Rules and Regulations
Sharday Jackson – Deputy Chief

Shannon Hayes – Director

November 7, 2023
  • Witness Reliability – Standards of Proof, Legal Concepts Overview & Case Studies
  • 4th Amendment – Improper Search and Seizure
Cynthia Erno – Senior Litigation Counsel

Angela Snell – Assistant General Counsel & Katarina Durcova – Chief Investigative Law Officer

November 14, 2023
  • COPA Summary Reports, Disciplinary Recommendations and Allegation Drafting – Post Closed at COPA: COPA’s Role in the Disciplinary Process – CPD Disciplinary Process
  • COPA’s Policy, Research and Analyses Division/How to Use COPA’s Data Dashboard
Andrea Kersten – Chief Administrator

Justin Escamilla – Deputy Chief


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