Since its inauguration in 2002, The Citizens Police Academy has educated and trained many citizens about the role of police officers in their communities. The Academy is activity designed by the Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Frontenac, Olivette, and Town and Country Police Departments.
The goal of this academy is to promote understanding between the residents and its police officers regarding their respective needs and problems. By promoting this relationship, it is hoped that citizens and police can work together to make the entire community a safer place to live and work.
The Citizens Police Academy is a unique opportunity to educate the public about the criminal justice system and provide insight into everyday police work. The Citizens Academy is designed to give residents a chance to observe and understand law enforcement through a hands-on approach. Entrance into this program is by application only. A background investigation and record check will be completed on each applicant.
Covered Areas of Training
Several areas of police training are covered during the 9-week Academy. Some of these topics include Missouri criminal law, constitutional law, juvenile laws and procedures, fundamentals of patrol, traffic and driving while intoxicated enforcement, vehicle crash investigation, criminal investigations, first aid, and firearms training.
Role playing scenarios are used to reinforce the learning process and give recruits a chance to experience some real life police situations. Finally, applicants will be afforded the opportunity to ride along with police officers to observe first hand the daily challenges they face.
Class Meeting Time Frame
Academy classes meet from 7 - 9 p.m. one night of the week for 9 weeks.