Citizens' Police Academy
The Citizens' Police Academy is a group of citizens who are interested in learning more about how the police department operates and the policing challenges our city faces. Participants in each session commit to meeting for three hours one night per week, for ten weeks, to learn about each aspect of the department.
The purpose of the Independence Citizens' Police Academy is to develop positive relations between the police and community through education. The goals are 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 programs and challenges facing law enforcement and have an opportunity to offer comments and ideas regarding solutions.
Instructors are officers and personnel from the department who speak on their areas of expertise, as well as specialized guest speakers.
Participants must be at least juniors in high school or older. They do not have to be Independence residents, but an interest in the City or an interest in law enforcement is helpful. Participants are chosen at the discretion of the Academy Coordinator.
At the completion of the academy, graduates will be able to participate in the ride along program.
What is the Citizen’s Academy?
The Citizens’ Police Academy presents a look at the internal operation, values and philosophy of the Independence Police Department. Participants will learn more about how the Police Department operates and the policing challenges our city faces.
What is the purpose of the Citizens’ Academy?
The purpose of the Citizens’ Police Academy is to develop positive relationships between the police and the community through education. Citizens will gain an appreciation of the problems and challenges facing the police department and have an opportunity to offer comments and ideas regarding solutions. Participants will also be allowed to participate in a Ride-Along.
Who Instructs the Academy?
Instructors are officers and personnel from the various units who talk about their expertise. The academy is coordinated through the department’s Community Services Unit.
What topics are covered in the academy?
- History of the Police Department
- Community Services Unit
- Uniformed Patrol Unit
- Traffic Unit
- Drug Enforcement Unit
- Special Response Team
- K-9 Unit
- Crime Scene Unit
- School Resource Officers/ D.A.R.E.
- Bomb Unit
- Communications Unit
Your application must be completed fully and either returned to the Police Department’s
Information Desk or mailed to the address listed below. You will be notified if you are selected to participate. There are 30 positions available and they will be given in order, as we receive qualified
Please click HERE
to download the information sheet and application.
Participants in each session commit to meeting for three hours one night per week, for ten weeks, to learn about each aspect of the department.
Independence, MO Police Dept.
Attn: Citizens’ Academy Coordinator
223 N Memorial Drive
Independence, MO 64050