The Carbondale Police Department is taking applications for the Basic and Advanced Citizens Police Academy classes. The purpose of the Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is to develop positive relations, and a better understanding and communication between the police and the community through education. The goal is to create a growing nucleus of responsible, well-informed citizens, who have the potential of influencing public opinions about police practices and services. Citizens will gain an appreciation of the problems and challenges facing law enforcement and have an opportunity to offer comments and ideas regarding solutions.
The academy will be divided into two components, consisting of Basic and Advanced Classes. Each academy will have five sessions. The Basic Academy will focus on an overview of police department divisions, low level patrol tactics and traffic stops, introduction to investigations and crime scenes. Classes for the Basic Citizens Police Academy will be held on the following schedule:
1 - Wednesday February 12th, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
2 - Wednesday February 19th, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
3 - Wednesday February 26th, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
4 - Wednesday March 4th, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
5 – Wednesday March 18th, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Advanced Academy will consist of higher level patrol tactics and traffic stops, Bomb Squad presentation, drug investigations and firearms familiarization. The advanced class will be open for those who completed the basic class or are prior CPA graduates. Classes for the Advanced Citizen’s Police Academy will be held on the following schedule:
1 - Wednesday April 1st, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
2 - Wednesday April 8th, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
3 - Wednesday April 15th, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
4 - Wednesday April 22nd, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
5 - Saturday April 25th, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The CPA is free and anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to apply for the class. Anyone between ages 16 and 18 years of age may participate with parental consent. Every applicant will undergo a background check. Our goal is to increase the knowledge of each student on “who, what, when, why and how” the Carbondale Police Department operates. Persons interested in attending the Academy should contact Officer Randy Mathis at 457-3200 ext. 402 or [email protected] Applications are available by visiting the police department’s form page at http://explorecarbondale.com/DocumentCenter/View/272/Citizens-Police-Academy-Application-PDF or can be picked up at the Carbondale Police Department. Applications are due by Monday February 10th for the Basic Class and by March 30th for the Advanced Class.