Police Academy for Citizens

The Chatham-Kent Police Service is once again offering the Citizens Police Academy program beginning March 6, 2012.

The Citizen’s Police Academy is a program offered by the Chatham-Kent Police Service to enhance the partnership between the citizens of our community and their Police service through an interactive educational opportunity.

The academy consists of 11 classes, beginning on Wednesday, March 6, 2012.  Classes will be held every Wednesday night from 7:00 pm until 9:30 pm.  Applicants must be at least 19 years of age. Seniors are encouraged to attend.

Classes involve presentations and demonstrations by the Chief of Police, Canine Unit, Drugs and Street Crime, Major Crime Investigation, Identification & Forensics, Crime Prevention, the Critical Incident Response Team plus several other units within the Service.

The subjects taught are intended to make participants familiar with the operation of the Chatham-Kent Police Service.  The course is NOT intended to train people to be police officers.

All “Citizen Academy” students will be required to participate in a Ride-Along with a Community Patrol officer. Participants will be required to sign a waiver prior to the Ride-Along.

Participants must:

  • Be of good moral character
  • Have no criminal record and be subject of a background investigation
  • Be 19 years of age or older

Interested members of the public are asked to complete a Citizen’s Police Academy application form.  Forms can be obtained at the front counter of each Service Centre in the Municipality, including the front desk at Police Headquarters.  Applications will no longer be accepted after February 25, 2012.

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