The Citizens Police Academy, beginning August 15, 2017, is accepting applications until July 31, 2017.
The goal of the Enid Police Department, Citizens Police Academy is to educate Enid citizens about the structure and activities of their police department. The Citizens Police Academy class is not a training class, but is an exciting information class, a behind- the-scenes look at the Enid Police Department.
We have designed the Citizens Police Academy to accomplish several goals. The most important goal is to open channels of communication between the citizen's of Enid and their Police Department. Additionally, we want to develop an understanding of the police role in the community. The objective of the Academy is not to make police officers out of the graduates, but to make them better informed citizens, with an accurate knowledge of our many responsibilities and functions.
The Citizens Police Academy is taught by police officers and other personnel in their own area of expertise. Attendees will have an opportunity to experience the real police department with some of the training hands-on. Weekly 2 ½ hour sessions cover a range of topics including patrol, criminal investigations, traffic stops, crime scenes, narcotics, DUI enforcement, officer use of force, officer safety, crime prevention and defensive tactics.
The Citizens Police Academy will take field trips to the County Jail and to the police shooting range as well as conduct a ride-along with an officer. Citizens will have the opportunity to shoot a variety of firearms used by police and SWAT and participants will be able to meet and talk with many of the officers as well as the command staff and training staff that serves them.
The Citizens Police Academy is a free 13 week program meeting once a week (Tuesdays) for 2 ½ hours (6:30 pm to 9 pm). Citizens interested in being accepted must complete an application and pass a background check. Because portions of the Citizens Police Academy are hands on class size is limited.