JPD looking for a few good students for upcoming Citizens Police Academy

by the Jacksonville Police Department

Jacksonville citizens are getting the opportunity to get the skinny on their local law enforcement.

The Jacksonville Police Department is inviting its community to enroll in its upcoming Citizens Police Academy.

The Academy starts Thursday, Oct. 8 and will last approximately eight weeks. Classes will meet 6-9 p.m., every Thursday, at the JPD training room. Graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 24.

“The goal of the Citizens Police Academy is to improve the relationship and rapport between the Jacksonville Police Department and the citizens of Jacksonville and surrounding areas,” Jacksonville Police Chief Joe Williams said in a letter posted to social media. “The program gives citizens the opportunity to express their concerns and ask questions. This two-way communication between police officers and the public has proven an effective, successful way to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Jacksonville Police Department.”

Deadline to enroll is Friday, Sept. 25. Interested citizens can pick up and complete an application, available at the Jacksonville Police Department, 210 W. Larissa St., Jacksonville.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age; live or work in the Jacksonville area; and be able to pass a criminal background check.
Law enforcement topics covered will be police administration and policy development; patrol tactics; traffic enforcement; and criminal investigations. Much of the curriculum taught will be “hands on” for those that want to participate. There will also be an optional Saturday class featuring firearms training for participants.

“After completing the program, we encourage you to take your knowledge out into the community and share with your friends and associates how your police department functions,” Chief Williams stated. “We hope that you will educate others about the Jacksonville Police Department and promote a better understanding of our duties, capabilities and responsibilities.”