Citizen's Academy

Citizen's Police Academy Overview

In an effort to educate those we serve about the role we play in the community the Department hosts an annual Citizen's Police Academy. Academy participants get a first hand look at the inner-workings of the Department and police work through hands-on learning experiences. Classes are held once a week for ten weeks and include the following topics:

  • Department Introduction & Tour
  • Drugs & Gangs
  • Vehicle Contacts/Traffic Stops
  • Crime Scene Investigation & Evidence Processing
  • Defensive and Arrest Tactics
  • Building Searches
  • Emergency Vehicle Operation & Control
  • Firearms
The last class presents the participants with a  range of scenarios similar to those presented to actual law enforcement academy recruits. The Citizen's Academy is not a typical classroom experience as participants get to use the actual equipment used by officers on a daily basis.  Academy graduates leave with a greater understanding of police work and many have come back to participate and assist with Department events.