The Demopolis Citizen Police Academy
Demopolis Citizens Police Academy is accepting aaplications for the Fall Session.
The Demopolis Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy will provide community members with an inside look at local law enforcement. During the Academy, students will be introduced to our community based police service. Training topics include Police ethics, internal affairs, drug enforcement, traffic law, criminal investigations, and firearm safety.
The eight-week academy is designed to give the citizens an overview of our department’s policies and procedures. The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to the traditional police academy, but the weekly sessions are not designed to make the participant a police officer.
Police supervisors and veteran officers teach the academy classes. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with the Chief of Police and staff members. They are encouraged to ask questions and to express their concerns to police department employees. The Demopolis Police Department hopes there will be a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement’s role in the community through the education provided by the Citizen Police Academy.
The Demopolis Police Department offers three sessions per year of the Citizen Police Academy. The length of each academy is eight weeks. Classes will meet on a (1) weekday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Demopolis Police Department Training Center. Upon completion of the program, graduates will attend a graduation ceremony and receive a certificate of completion.
Potential candidates for the Citizen Academy must meet the following criteria:
- Minimum of 21 years old
- Live or Work within the jurisdiction of the City of Demopolis
- No prior felony convictions
- No assault, domestic violence, or weapons convictions
- No misdemeanor arrests within five years of application
- Final selection will be made by the Chief of Police, who may waive any of the requirements on a case by case basis.
**NOTE** ANY OF THESE REQUIREMENTS MAY BE WAIVED UPON REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE
The Demopolis Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association
Graduates of the Citizen Academy will be invited to join the Academy Alumni Association to continue their involvement with the Demopolis Police Department. Alumni members will receive additional training and will be called on to assist the police department during special events or emergencies. Academy Alumni may be asked to assist with traffic control, missing persons searches, crime detection or similar activities.
For more information, please call the Demopolis Police Department Training Division @ (334)289-3073.