Ever wonder what it’s like to be a police officer?

At the Citizens Police Academy, you will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes to see and hear first hand the tremendous curriculum recruits must master before they can wear the uniform.

The program’s instructors are real police officers and operations supervisors. They will take participants on an accelerated overview of the various operations of the police department.

The course is designed to increase understanding of police work and to develop effective partnership with the community.

Participants are asked to invest three hours a week for 11 weeks. What they’ll learn will not only benefit them, but if shared with their family, neighbors, friends and co-workers, could have a positive impact on community/police relations.

What is the Citizen Police Academy?

The Gainesville Police Department Citizens Police Academy is a 33-hour block of instruction designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Gainesville Police Department’s personnel and policies. It consist of a series of classes held once each week for three hours. The instruction is comprehensive, covering a different area of the Police Department each week.

What topics are covered?

• Communications/911 “Ride Along” with an Officer

• Patrol Procedures

• Penal & Traffic Law

• Narcotics

• Gangs

• Criminal Investigation 

• “CSI”

Instruction in these and other areas will consist of lectures, demonstrations, tours and hands-on.

What’s the purpose?

The Citizen Police Academy shows citizens how the Gainesville Police Department operates. Organizers say they hope a better understanding of how the city’s Police Department works will improve the relationship between citizens and officers.

Who may attend?

The class is made up of a cross section of the

Gainesville/Cooke County community. Doctors, architects, homemakers, labors, retirees, students, secretaries, bankers and others are encouraged to apply for admission. You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll and live or work in the Cooke County area. The academy is free.

Alumni Association

Graduates of the Citizen Police Academy have formed an Alumni Association which is open to all past and future graduates. The alumni continue to work with the Gainesville Police Department through volunteering, special projects and events.


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