The 2016 Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) classes will be held Thursday evenings from September 1st thru November 3rd 2016. Class times are 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. If you would like to learn more about police operations in general and how your Decatur Police Department works from the inside, this is a great opportunity to have many of your questions answered. You will meet many of the officers who serve our department and go on a ride-a-long with an officer during a patrol shift. CPA is also an opportunity to build new relationships with neighbors in your class and for interested CPA graduates, the chance to volunteer for the C.A.P.S. (Citizen’s Assisting Public Safety) program.
Topics covered throughout the Citizen’s Police Academy include Department Functions & Staffing, Recruitment & Training, Criminal Law & Crime Trends in Decatur, Traffic Enforcement, Drug Trends, Firearms Familiarization & Safety, Special Units & Criminal Investigations, Use of Force, Juvenile Procedures and Community Policing & Crime Prevention. There will also be opportunities to tour the DeKalb County Jail and the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Feedback from graduates of the CPA program:
“Take this class because it is great information and allows you to know so much about the community you live in and the police officers who protect you.”
“I have a better understanding of the challenges any police force has and how Decatur handles these challenges.”
“CPA is a glimpse into the life of the City of Decatur police department that allows you to truly appreciate and experience, first hand, the service they provide to us as citizens of Decatur.”
“I never realized all of the intricacies, pitfalls and difficulties of a police officer’s job; now I do.”
“This was such an interesting and informative look at our community and our police department.”
If you are interested in signing up for the upcoming Citizen’s Police Academy, please contact Lt. Jennifer Ross to request an application. Deadline for submission of applications is Monday, August 15, 2016.