WHAT IS THE CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY?
The McMinnville Police Department believes that education is very effective in gaining understanding and support from the community. The Citizen Police Academy offers citizens insight into how police officers perform their duties and how the department serves the community. Our goal is for students to enjoy themselves and at the same time gain better understanding of how the police department functions. Questions are encouraged as we provide a realistic and rewarding hands-on experience.
THE MISSION OF THE ACADEMY
The purpose of the Citizen Police Academy is to foster better communication between citizens and police through education. The Academy will create well-informed citizens who possess greater insight into police practices and services. Graduates of the Academy can share their knowledge and experiences with the community as the opportunity arises. Everyone benefits from enhancing citizen understanding of the role and function of their police department.
Instruction consists of one 2.5-hour class held weekly while the Academy is in session. This instruction is comprehensive, covering a different area of the police department each week. Certified police officers, supervisors, and civilian instructors with particular expertise will conduct each topic.
ALL CLASSES ARE FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED
COURSE CURRICULUM MAY INCLUDE:
- Criminal Law
- Patrol Procedures
- Narcotics/VICE Investigations
- Public Safety Unit
- Media/Public Relations
- Accident Reconstruction
- Criminal Investigations
- Crime Scene Processing
- Family Abuse/Juvenile Procedures
- Mock Trial
- Defensive Tactics
- Firearms Training
- Tactical Traffic Stops
A vital part of the academy is participation in role playing and scenarios. These simulations provide an opportunity for a unique "hands-on" learning experience. Students will also have the option, on a voluntary basis, to tour with a patrol officer, and take a tour of the Warren County Jail.
The classes provide an atmosphere for a better understanding of police officers, police work, procedures and services of the City facilities. Safety topics alert the participants about the benefits of being aware and using caution when acting or reacting to an event. The police and the citizens benefit by meeting each other face-to-face in a neutral, friendly setting. The participants have an opportunity to get to know the people behind the badge. Through the program, police are exposed to community members, who instead of requesting a service, are interacting with them in a non-confrontational environment. As a result, police officers and citizens foster an improved relationship with increased respect for one another.
WHO MAY ATTEND?
Any interested citizen who resides or works in Warren County is encouraged to attend. Citizens involved with the McMinnville community, such as youth involvement, neighborhood watch groups are very important to the Academy. A citizen must be 18 years of age or older and have no prior felony convictions.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE ACADEMY?
An application may be mailed to you by calling 473.3808 or picked up from the police department at 204 Red Road. If you'd like to download one, click here.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Deputy Chief Mike Lane at 473.3808.